How to Make a Difference — Whether or Not You Can Vote
Part of our 2020 Election Series: A Special Program for Students

September 25, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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On September 25th, 2020, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall will be hosting a special program for high school students in line with High School Voter Education Week. Led by Politics Professor Dan Schnur, our panel of speakers will engage students in a non-partisan discussion on:

The 2020 election & the election process

Why youth involvement in politics & government matters

The diverse ways students can become civically engaged & actively participate in our democracy

 A panel discussion will be followed by a ~ 40-minute Q & A portion, during which students will be able to contribute their own thoughts and ideas, and ask their own questions.

 This program will be a follow up to our 2019 Youth Diplomacy Forum, which aimed to provide opportunities for LA high school students to interact with, and learn from, leaders in world affairs by bringing together close to 300 high school students and consulate representatives. Although circumstances make it impossible for us to host a similar in-person event this year, we’re hopeful that by hosting an online discussion with engaging polls, graphics, videos, a digital booklet, and a great and diverse panel of experts, we can provide an enriching and interactive program for high school students to learn more about the important role they play as community leaders and future voters.

Dan Schnur (Moderator) is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan was the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he led a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy around the 2018 election. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.

Aaron Aranza (he/him/his) is a fourth-year UC Berkeley undergraduate studying political science and human rights. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Aaron has long maintained an interest in the relationship between identity and civic participation. He has previously worked at the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and the LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, among other policy-minded groups. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Aaron plans on earning his J.D. and eventually practicing civil rights law in our nation’s capital.  

Meanna Gray recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. At UC Berkeley, she was president of the Black Pre-Law Association, and the Chief Justice on the ASUC Judicial Council. Meanna has also worked as a Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow and JusticeCorps Fellow, and plans to attend law school to become a federal appellate judge while founding non-profits for foster youth.

Jazmine Muñoz (she/they) is a senior at UC Berkeley, studying Political Science and Ethnic Studies. At Berkeley, she co-facilitates a course in which underrepresented students are encouraged to apply for graduate or professional school and serves as an opinion writer for the Berkeley Political Review, Berkeley's first and only nonpartisan political magazine on campus. Jazmine plans to go to law school and practice immigration law.

** We are able to offer teachers rosters of their students’ attendance and level of participation**

We welcome all interested teachers & their students to join us for this program! To participate, please contact Krystsina Shabanava at