OSU-OKC to offer free livestream of government class 

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OSU-OKC to offer free livestream of government class 

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:07
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Livestream presented in conjunction with Constitution Day, upcoming elections 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 17, 2020) – Students and other interested parties who want to learn about the importance of voting can do so – for free – in a livestreaming event that Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City will hold in connection with the school’s celebration of Constitution Day.  

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) professor Steven Collins is livestreaming his American government class at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21. The online classroom experience will give participants the means to observe an academic setting, while also allowing them to chat with the presenter on issues surrounding voting and elections. 

“Voting is quite possibly the most significant non-violent form of civic engagement available,” Collins said. “It is an absolute right afforded citizens to affect issues within their democracy. Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers. College campuses have historically been a place for students to voice their concerns and affect change.”  

Collins, the lead political science instructor at OSU-OKC, notes that “2020 has been a very challenging year in many regards and the upcoming election should be one where people turn out in massive numbers to utilize one of the most significant and effective means of civic engagement.”  

To register to view the class, go to https://apply.osuokc.edu/register/Constitutiondayevent. 

Once registered, viewers will be sent Zoom information for the livestream. Collins suggests that participants should have a device like a cell phone during the stream, as he will utilize some polling games and exercises to get everyone involved. 

Collins said he hopes the event will serve as a community outreach.   

“Democracy is a contact sport and should be shared,” he said.  

OSU-OKC is making this class available in conjunction with Constitution Day and to promote awareness of voting and the upcoming elections.  

“The biggest misunderstanding centers on the value of a single vote,” Collins said. “Voting matters in all instances. If every person stayed home because their single vote didn’t matter, then it would have a massive impact. One single vote in an individual’s case can easily turn into a million votes if enough people sit it out. We are stronger together.”