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What does the pandemic response mean for local leaders around the United States? How can we best support local leaders during this challenging time? 

NCoC’s Learn, Ask, & Share Circles are an initiative focused on bringing community leaders together to share information, tools, and resources to adapt our democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this initiative, NCoC will organize national and community leaders around various topics that advance full participation in our democracy.

All Learn, Ask, & Share calls will take place as collaborative zoom calls.

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Learning Circle Recap of Events & Recordings:

March 25th, 2p ET – Shifting to Vote by Mail with Dana Chisnell – registration closed


April 1st, 2p ET – Managing Anxiety and Leading with Morra Aarons-Mele

In the midst of confusion and uncertainty, how do you strike the right tone – and manage your own anxiety – all while leading your community? How can you work with your community members and stakeholders to reduce collective anxiety?


April 8th, 2p ET – Combating COVID-19 Misinformation with Cameron Hickey

Cameron Hickey – award winning journalist and technologist, formerly of PBS NewsHour – joins us Wednesday, 2:00 pm ET, for our next Learning Circle, “Combating COVID-19 Misinformation.” He’ll discuss the most prevalent types of disinformation, as well as how we can all contribute to stopping its spread.


April 15th, 2p ET – The Basics of Engaging Your People Online

Nicco Mele – CEO of NCoC – lays the groundwork with local leaders on the the available tools and strategies to reach their communities online now.


April 22nd, 2p ET – Session 2 The Basics of Engaging Your People Online

In the second session, we focused on crafting the right messaging to reach your audience.


April 29th, 2p ET – Session 3 The Basics of Engaging Your People Online About Voting

In the third session, we focused on specific tools and tactics to help leaders and organizations digitally get out the vote!

Led and facilitated by voting communications expert Brad Bauman and Kathryn Quintin from the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition at NCoC. The SLSV Coalition is the largest network of leaders in the country devoted to achieving full political participation among college students with a reach of more than 1,700 colleges and universities. The idea for this Learning Circle emerged from their work helping 14 statewide student voting networks from across the country shift their spring summits online.


May 6th, 2p ET – COVID-19 Proofing Your Fall 2020 Voter Outreach!

The COVID-19 pandemic has likely altered your plans for voter outreach. How can we adapt and keep people safe? Led and facilitated by Nyki Robinson, Co-founder & CEO of Black Girls Vote


May 13th, 2p ET – Internships During COVID-19: Adapting & Supporting Young People

With COVID-19 disrupting young people’s plans for things like further education and internships – how can we best adapt to support them? Guillermo Creamer, Jr. – co-founder of Pay Our Interns – talks to us about the resources and supports available for interns.


May 20th, 2p ET – How COVID-19 is Impacting the Census

NCoC’s Kyla Fullenwilder & Denice Ross have a virtual conversation with Dr. William Pewen, a public health expert and clinical infectious disease scientist, on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Census and the updated timeline.


June 17th – Data for Good Understanding Your Community’s Civic Health

Utilizing civic health data on voting, social interaction, public trust, & community engagement helps leaders and communities take action. View civic health presentations from Dr. Ellen Szarleta from Indiana University Northwest and Kristi Tate from the Center for the Future of Arizona – great partners who have experience using this data to inform action. This Learning Circle – “Data for Good: Understanding Your Community’s Civic Health” – will be led by Jeff Coates, the Director of Research and Evaluation at NCoC.


July 8th – Knowing Our History to Strengthen Civic Engagement

For “Knowing Our History to Strengthen Civic Engagement,” we’re excited to be joined by experts and leaders from Made By Us – a national coalition of leading history, civic, and local organizations, coming together to pool resources and find new ways to help people better understand and engage with the past. We’ll be joined by Nathaniel Sheidley, Ph.D. (Revolutionary Spaces), Cameron Patterson (Robert Russa Moton Museum) Caroline Klibanoff (Made By Us).

They’ll help you challenge yourself to bring history into the mix for informed participation in your communities. We’ll also discuss how you might identify in your area you can work with for a collaboration on history.


July 22nd – Pandemic to Prosperity

Have any questions about NCoC’s Learn, Ask, and Share Circles? Reach out to [email protected]!

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