College Democrats is all about our general members. From the moment our club leaders wave hi to them from behind a desk at a college activities fair, to the moment they graduate, we strive to provide them with opportunities to grow as students, leaders, and Democrats. We accomplish this three different ways: Club Meetings, Club Events, Campaigning, and Convention.
Club Meetings & Trips are at the heart of what our chapters do at their respective schools. Most of chapters meet at least twice a month with their general membership at an assigned room or place at their respective school. Aside from being great opportunities to meet and socialize with like-minded people; these meetings normally feature: student led discussions & debates about current political issues, guest speakers from the community, a conversation with a political candidate or representative, games, activities, and refreshments.
Our chapters also give students the opportunity to be involved locally and explore what their passionate about through various events held throughout the year; some recent events our clubs have held include: trips to Washington D.C. to meet with our congressional representatives & tour the White House, joint meetings with local progressive organizations, voter registration drives in the community and at our various schools, attending local protests & the Women’s March, and social trips to local restaurants.
We are also firm believers in the power of campaigning. Through campaigning for local and national Democratic candidate’s students don’t just make the world a better place, they also: gain confidence & a better sense of what issues are important to them, build connections with the local community & learn about the area, and gain valuable experience that can lead to a job in politics.
Then there’s College Democrats of New York’s biggest event of the year: Convention. Convention is a rare opportunity for chapters and students from across the state to come together: decide on new leadership, collaborate, network with elected officials form across New York State, and go to workshops. Convention also features a variety of speakers. In the past our speakers have included New York State Senators, New York City Councilmen, and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.