As part of my MA program in Organizational Leadership at St. Kate’s, I recently took a strategic communications class. Over the course of the class, I applied different written and oral treatments to my chosen topic of compulsory voting. I explored the political and civic culture of Minnesota and potential channels for advocacy.
Here’s the deck for my informational speech.
Here’s the deck for my persuasive speech.
Here’s my final position paper.
I had the good fortune to meet with Laura Wang, (now outgoing) Executive Director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, and Joe Mansky from Ramsey County Elections. Out of those conversations, I’ve also developed an interest in an internship with LWVMN, learned about possible seasonal employment with the Hennepin or Ramsey County elections boards, and tuned into the activities of the Voting Rights Coalition and the Minnesota Participation Project. I may even have some ideas for my final leadership action project or thesis.
I keep saying if I’d had longer to decide, I may have landed on pursuing a masters in public policy or public administration, but it’s really this project that set me along that path. I also promised myself that I didn’t have to be attached to any particular career outcome in the first year of school, but it’s nice to have some ideas already.