Cadet James Durant, a junior from The Citadel, is joining the College Debate 2016, which is designed to increase student voter participation in the upcoming presidential election and future political changes in the U.S.
The goal is to stir Millennials in the U.S. to vote this coming November. This is to be accomplished through engaging, respectful conversations about which issues are most important to them.
Durant will represent South Carolina as well as The Citadel. There will be student delegates from 150 colleges throughout the U.S. All 50 states will be represented at the debate.
“The essential issues of lowering the unemployment rate without minimizing entitlements, the reform of the criminal justice system to help minimize cop killings and deaths of bystanders, and also with me being a current service member the issue of military funding and resources also resound quite loudly,” Durant said about this year’s election and debate.
In June, the students first met to exchange their ideas. On Sept. 7, they will meet at Dominican University in California to discuss more concerns.
“College Debate '16 is an important initiative to me because of the emphasis placed on empowering young, college-age voters to exercise their right to vote,” Durant said. “We want our peers to understand that voting allows us to express our concerns on the issues that affect not just us as a generation, but as a country as a whole.”
Durant and the other delegates will use a combination of social media and face to face interactions with their campus peers to identify what issues they will discuss at the September CD16 assembly. There are four scheduled debates with the first one taking place Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.