The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement
To cultivate the habit of promoting the common good through an integrative environment for learning.
To promote the value of politics; our shared identity as citizens; our engagement in public work.
The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement was founded in 2006 as a learning community and resource hub for students, faculty, staff, and alums interested in engaging issues and practices of public policy. The McCarthy Center facilitates opportunities for collaborative scholarship, creative and integrated learning through programming and activities on and off-campus and in collaboration with various other departments and organizations. The McCarthy Center also offers resources for internships, networking, and career mentoring experiences in the areas of public policy and public affairs. The staff and student participants of the McCarthy Center work to create venues for constructive, responsible, and interesting civic debate and engagement in community affairs.
Q&A with Senator Tina Smith
October 28, 2020
Join us for an open Q&A with 2020 candidate for US Senate Tina Smith, run by the McCarthy Center Student Coordinators.
Senator and 2020 Candidate for US Senate, Tina Smith was elected to serve as Minnesota's 48th Lieutenant Governor in 2014 and now serves as United States Senator for Minnesota. According to her website, Smith advocates for Minnesotans, fighting for tax fairness and access to health care. As Senator, Smith has focused on bringing down the high cost of health care, lowering prescription drug costs, expanding mental health in schools, and more.
Zoom ID: 942 1702 7772
The 2020 General Election is November 3rd
With the election fast approaching, here are some resources to help answer any questions you may have regarding registering and voting.
Registering to Vote:
When registering to vote, you have a few options.
Option 1: Register under your home address
Option 2: Register under your CSB/SJU Address
- To register with your CSB/SJU address, you can either use the paper application to register with your campus residence and your P.O. Box address. OR go to Minnesota's Secretary of State's website and follow their registration steps.
If you can't remember whether or not you're registered to vote or which address you are registered under, go to Vote.org to check your registration status. Follow the steps under "Find out if you are registered to vote" to enter the information requested.
Where to Vote and Absentee:
Finding your Polling Location
- Minnesota's Polling Place Finder will tell you where your designated polling location is if you are registered to vote in Minnesota. All you have to do is type in the address of where you are registered to vote and it will tell you the polling location, as well as the date of your next election.
Requesting a Absentee Ballot
- If you are not registered to vote at your campus address or are not able to make it to your designated polling location on Tuesday, November 3rd, you will need to request an absentee ballot! If you are registered to vote in a state other than Minnesota, go to Vote.org Absentee Ballot Rules to find out your state's specific guidelines in requesting an absentee ballot. If you are registered to vote in Minnesota, request an absentee ballot here.
To find more information about the election, please click here!
Juneteenth and Justice
A Message from the Eugene J. McCarthy Center to the CSB/SJU Community
While we celebrate a day centered around freedom and justice, we are reminded of protests and civic dialogue around the world that call attention not just to the ongoing history of police brutality and abuse, but also to the core issue of White supremacy. The brutal killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks (and too many more) are blatant reminders of the painful injustices that continue to affect the Black community since origins of the country. The McCarthy Center is founded on the values of democratic engagement, equity, and justice. We take a firm stance against all forms of racism and bigotry. White supremacy and systemic racism must be challenged at CSB/SJU, at the St. Joe City Hall, and everywhere around the globe.
Black lives matter and young voices matter. As my Political Science colleague, Dr. Pedro dos Santos, and I recently told the St. Cloud Times, having different voices and diverse representation in government and all organizations is both critical and long overdue.
Last October, the McCarthy Center partnered with the Black Students Association to draw attention to police brutality and community transformation following the police killing of Philando Castile, which occurred in Twin Cities. At this event, chaired by CSB student Tynesha Ashley, Black Lives Matter activist, John Thompson, challenged CSB/SJU audiences to be the change we want and be unapologetic about it.
The voices and activism of young people are often marginalized, slow-walked, and dismissed. To enhance your voices, the McCarthy Center is pushing for greater student voter engagement for the upcoming November elections. Not only will national figures be elected but students will also vote for the mayor of St. Joe and several city council members as they will seek re-election. We encourage you to not only hold national figures accountable but also local ones. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that “our lives end when we become silent about the issues that matter.” Keep these issues alive and let your concerns be heard at the polls in November. More info on voting here.
Besides the embedded links above, the following are some resources that address issues of racial justice and equity.
- Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, an expert on the psychology of racism and author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, told a McCarthy Lecture campus audience that we need to examine the “What, So What, and Now What” of a race-conscious society. You can watch her riveting interview with President Dr. Mary Dana Hinton here.
- Due to Covid-19, the McCarthy Center’s March campus event with Dr. Josie Johnson, a civil rights icon and hero is now rescheduled for the fall. Dr. Josie Johnson, recently said on National Public Radio, “not only are we not going backwards — we must hold on to what we've learned and encourage, support, protect our children. We have got to help them make a difference so that the next generation…..are they going to grow up in an environment which they have to continue to struggle?”
- The McCarthy Center Joe Farry Professor of Political Science Dr. Christi Siver and several other authors have some timely and insightful articles about racial and gender equity and inclusion in the recent CSB Magazine.
- Lauren Simmons, the second African-American female trader at the New York Stock Exchange, recently spoke about “The Power of Being the OTHER in the Room” at the Mark Kennedy Frontiers in Freedom McCarthy Center Lecture on campus in November.
Matt Lindstrom and the McCarthy Center Team