You can talk to members of the campus community who are eligible to vote and learn about issues that affect higher education in general and international students in particular. Many campus conversations will touch on the election this fall, so learning about the issues, the candidates, and the outcomes offers you an opportunity to connect with others on campus and deepen your understanding of U.S. culture and politics.
The University of Michigan International Center and English Language Institute have a few ideas for ways that international students can get engaged in this electoral season:
- Educate Yourself: Learn about the U.S. election systems, the purpose of the midterm elections, and why voting is a fundamental part of the U.S. democracy.
- Be Curious: Ask your American classmates and friends about their views on the candidates who they find most appealing and the issues that they find most important.
- Attend an Event: Keep an eye out for election result watching parties hosted by campus organizations on the University Calendar.
- Vet Your Sources: Seek legitimate, non-partisan news sources. Be sure that you are looking at the factual news- not just opinions or social media posts.
- Think Local: Get to know the candidates in Michigan and the ballot issues at the candidate websites and general sites including these: