In keeping with Holy Names University’s longstanding commitment to promoting civic engagement and ensuring student voices are heard, HNU will not hold classes on election day this year. The University has also postponed any exams planned for the day after the election, November 4.
Because all instruction and university-wide events are remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Names is also helping to get out the vote by sharing information regarding how to prepare for election day, how to vote, and how to help others vote via online channels such as email and social media.
Weekly information from the Student Activities department in their “This Week @ HNU” newsletter, regular social media posts from Communications, and a reminder from Human Resources that staff and faculty are encouraged to use their workday to vote on November 3 are just a few of the ways that the campus community is supporting election participation this year.
On October 29, HNU’s Criminology Department and Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement will present the last of their four-part Social Justice speaker series, The Impact of Your Vote. This virtual event is free and open to the public and will do a deep dive into the importance of voting. Former Oakland Deputy City Attorney Eli Ferran and representatives from Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) will discuss how local issues and concerns are directly related to voting.