John C. Culver Public Policy Center

John C. Culver Public Policy Center The Culver Public Policy Center is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging civic engagement and public service. It honors the service of John C.

Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

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This week’s edition of Speaking of Simpson features Culver Center director Seth Andersen and senior fellow Elise Sturgeo...
11/15/2021
Speaking of Simpson: 93: Seth Andersen & Elise Sturgeon on Record Voter Engagement at Simpson

This week’s edition of Speaking of Simpson features Culver Center director Seth Andersen and senior fellow Elise Sturgeon discussing the 2020 NSLVE Report and Simpson’s success in getting students engaged! You don’t want to miss it!

Simpson College students turned out to vote at a record-high 75.3% rate in 2020, according to data from from the National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement. Seth Andersen of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center and Elise Sturgeon, a student ambassador with the Andrew Goodman Foundation,....

Simpson College was awarded a Gold medal from @allintovote for our excellent voting rate and most improved voting rate f...
11/10/2021

Simpson College was awarded a Gold medal from @allintovote for our excellent voting rate and most improved voting rate for any 4-year institution in Iowa! Read the press release using the QR code for information on these prestigious awards!

The 2021 NSLVE Report has just released! Campus wide voter turnout rose to 75.3% in 2020. To read the full press release...
11/03/2021

The 2021 NSLVE Report has just released! Campus wide voter turnout rose to 75.3% in 2020. To read the full press release scan the QR code at the end!

Thanks to the leadership of the Culver Fellows Voter Engagement Team, Simpson College set new records for student voter ...
11/01/2021
Simpson College sets record for student voting during 2020 election

Thanks to the leadership of the Culver Fellows Voter Engagement Team, Simpson College set new records for student voter turnout (75.3%), voter registration (92.4%), and voting rate among registered students (81.4%) in 2020!

https://simpson.edu/news/simpson-college-sets-record-student-voting-during-2020-election

Simpson College announced today that student voting on its campus set new institutional records in last year’s presidential election, rising to 75.3% in 2020 from 60.6% in 2016. The full campus report can be viewed here.

Here are the polling locations for Simpson students! If you’re planning on voting in person remember that Election Day i...
10/29/2021

Here are the polling locations for Simpson students! If you’re planning on voting in person remember that Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd.

Here are the polling locations for Simpson students! If you’re planning on voting in person remember that Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd.

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Stop by the @simpcoagf table outside of Dunn Library for a goodie bag and to r...
09/28/2021

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Stop by the @simpcoagf table outside of Dunn Library for a goodie bag and to register to vote!

We’re excited for another year of politics at Simpson! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapcha...
08/26/2021

We’re excited for another year of politics at Simpson! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat to stay up to date on the latest programs and guest speakers we’ll be bringing on campus this year! We’ll also be sharing trivia and highlighting our past and current fellows, so stay tuned for more!

Today’s Senior Spotlight is Emily Bell. Emily majors in Business Management and Psychology. After Simpson, she will be a...
04/29/2021

Today’s Senior Spotlight is Emily Bell. Emily majors in Business Management and Psychology. After Simpson, she will be attending law school. Her favorite memory as a culver fellow was attending the criminal justice reform conference where she met professionals from all over the state of Iowa from many different backgrounds and learned so much about the changes being made and the changes that still need to be made in our criminal justice system. Her advice is to enjoy the journey of college and take advantage of the opportunity that Simpson has to offer.

Today’s Senior Spotlight is Emily Bell. Emily majors in Business Management and Psychology. After Simpson, she will be attending law school. Her favorite memory as a culver fellow was attending the criminal justice reform conference where she met professionals from all over the state of Iowa from many different backgrounds and learned so much about the changes being made and the changes that still need to be made in our criminal justice system. Her advice is to enjoy the journey of college and take advantage of the opportunity that Simpson has to offer.

Today's Culver Center Senior spotlight is Geoff Van Deusen. Geoff is majoring in Political Science & History. His favori...
04/28/2021

Today's Culver Center Senior spotlight is Geoff Van Deusen. Geoff is majoring in Political Science & History. His favorite memory is meeting Chuck Hagel. Geoff plans to attend Law School soon and his advice is to get involved and make the most of the experience here.

Today's Culver Center Senior spotlight is Geoff Van Deusen. Geoff is majoring in Political Science & History. His favorite memory is meeting Chuck Hagel. Geoff plans to attend Law School soon and his advice is to get involved and make the most of the experience here.

A political science major at Simpson College paired with the Culver Fellowship will take you far!
04/23/2021

A political science major at Simpson College paired with the Culver Fellowship will take you far!

Congratulations to the three graduating senior Culver Fellows who were recognized with departmental honors at Simpson's ...
04/21/2021

Congratulations to the three graduating senior Culver Fellows who were recognized with departmental honors at Simpson's Honors Convocation today!
Emily Bell - Outstanding Senior in Management
Jailyn Seabrooks - Roger Betsworth Outstanding Senior in Religion
Natasha Shipp - Norman Thomas Outstanding Senior in Philosophy AND Outstanding Senior in Political Science

Today's Culver Center’s Senior Spotlight is Katie Cardoza from Springfield, Missouri. Katie is majoring in Political Sci...
04/14/2021

Today's Culver Center’s Senior Spotlight is Katie Cardoza from Springfield, Missouri. Katie is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Her favorite memory as a Culver Fellow is attending the voter engagement conference at Harvard her sophomore year. Her advice to first-year Culver Fellows is to reach out, get involved, and stay involved.

Culver Fellow Triniti Krauss will deliver a TEDx Des Moines talk on building unity through political discussions - Tuesd...
04/12/2021

Culver Fellow Triniti Krauss will deliver a TEDx Des Moines talk on building unity through political discussions - Tuesday, May 11 - virtual and in-person options available. Sign up at link below!

🔴 Introducing 2021 TEDx Speaker
Triniti Krauss, Champion debater + college student

A skillful debater and a well-practiced debate judge, Triniti will share on how one can use an unlikely conversation topic of politics to build unity.

🟥 2021 Event: Through a Different Lens
Tuesday, May 11 | 7 AM – 5 PM | Historic Franklin Junior High
Buy Tickets + Email Signup + Get Involved at www.tedxdesmoines.org

Save Your Spot! Choose either virtual or live event entry that features engaging, inspiring, and entertaining talks by local speakers with far-reaching ideas. Presented by the support of our generous sponsors and our hardworking volunteers.

#tedxdesmoines #tedxtalks #tedx #ideasworthspreading #throughadifferentlens #desmoines #dsm #teamworkdreamwork #dsmusa

Come to this event with us, April 6 at 7pm: Guy Benson on the Future of the Republican Party in the Post-Trump Era Regis...
04/04/2021

Come to this event with us, April 6 at 7pm: Guy Benson on the Future of the Republican Party in the Post-Trump Era Register for this event: http://ow.ly/AYOp30rAYHL

Come to this event with us, April 6 at 7pm: Guy Benson on the Future of the Republican Party in the Post-Trump Era Register for this event: http://ow.ly/AYOp30rAYHL

Join us for a talk from DeRay Mckesson, Host of Pod Save the People and Co-founder of Campaign Zero! Event is on March 3...
03/29/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: DeRay Mckesson: Host of Pod Save the People and Co-Founder, Campaign Zero. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join us for a talk from DeRay Mckesson, Host of Pod Save the People and Co-founder of Campaign Zero! Event is on March 31 at 12:45 pm. Register: http://ow.ly/V4fs30rAYHK

Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, host of Pod Save the People and co-founder of Campaign Zero, discusses his work on criminal justice reform and other issues. Presented by the Culver Public Policy Center with co-sponsorship by the Black Student Union, Multicultural Students Alliance, Simpson Col...

Learn about agriculture on March 23 at 7pm with a discussion on agricultural policy featuring: Bill Northey, former U.S....
03/22/2021

Learn about agriculture on March 23 at 7pm with a discussion on agricultural policy featuring: Bill Northey, former U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture of Farm Production & Jennifer Zwagerman, Director, Drake Agricultural Law Center
Register: http://ow.ly/R6qS30rAYHJ

Learn about agriculture on March 23 at 7pm with a discussion on agricultural policy featuring: Bill Northey, former U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture of Farm Production & Jennifer Zwagerman, Director, Drake Agricultural Law Center
Register: http://ow.ly/R6qS30rAYHJ

Congrats to Simpson College Debate for winning another national championship at PKD nationals last weekend! Culver Fello...
03/22/2021
Simpson’s Speech and Debate team wins nationals for a fourth time

Congrats to Simpson College Debate for winning another national championship at PKD nationals last weekend! Culver Fellows Michael Roets, Elise Sturgeon, Kylie Doupnik, Sam Porter, Triniti Krauss, Scott Krueger, Drake Wood, Will Keck, Kylie Banouvong, Alyssa Beckwith, Monserrat Saucedo, Trenity Rosenberg, Flory, and Scout Peery contributed to the Debate championship and the overall third place finish for the combined Speech & Debate team!

https://thesimpsonian.com/31460/news/simpson-speech-and-debate-team-wins-nationals-for-a-fourth-time/

Simpson College’s Debate team took first place at the Pi Kappa Delta National Debate Team Sweepstakes Championship over the weekend. The team has previously won Nationals in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Simpson College Speech and Debate placed third at nationals in combined team points. Nationals were set...

Come to this event with us, March 18 at 7pm: Marc C. Johnson, author of "Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections a...
03/18/2021

Come to this event with us, March 18 at 7pm: Marc C. Johnson, author of "Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party" http://ow.ly/7ywT30rAYHI

Come to this event with us, March 18 at 7pm: Marc C. Johnson, author of "Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party" http://ow.ly/7ywT30rAYHI

Join us tomorrow, March 17 at 1pm for: S*xual Citizens: A Conversation About S*x, Power and Assault on Campus with Jenni...
03/17/2021

Join us tomorrow, March 17 at 1pm for: S*xual Citizens: A Conversation About S*x, Power and Assault on Campus with Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan Register: http://ow.ly/FGL230rAYHM

Join us tomorrow, March 17 at 1pm for: S*xual Citizens: A Conversation About S*x, Power and Assault on Campus with Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan Register: http://ow.ly/FGL230rAYHM

Join us on Zoom at 7pm CT next Thursday, March 11, for the Women in America Lecture by Mikki Kendall, author of New York...
03/05/2021

Join us on Zoom at 7pm CT next Thursday, March 11, for the Women in America Lecture by Mikki Kendall, author of New York Times bestseller "Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot."

Mikki Kendall, author of the New York Times bestseller "Hood Feminsim: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot," will deliver the 2021 Women in America Lecture at #SimpsonCollege on March 11. Learn more and register for the free, virtual lecture at https://bit.ly/3bi3QR2.

Join us this Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7pm CT for author Michelle Duster's talk on her new biography of her great-grandmothe...
02/22/2021
Author Michelle Duster to discuss Ida B. Wells biography at Simpson College

Join us this Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7pm CT for author Michelle Duster's talk on her new biography of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. Register in advance today to reserve your spot!

https://simpson.edu/news/author-michelle-duster-discuss-ida-b-wells-biography-simpson-college

Simpson College announced today that Michelle Duster, author, professor, public historian and advocate for her great-grandmother Ida B. Wells, will host a virtual discussion on her latest book “Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells” on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Th...

Check out this week's Simpsonian Senior Spotlight on Culver Fellow Natasha Shipp!“I was interested in the Culver Center....
02/04/2021
Senior Spotlight: Natasha Shipp

Check out this week's Simpsonian Senior Spotlight on Culver Fellow Natasha Shipp!

“I was interested in the Culver Center. It looked like a great opportunity to get involved with politics outside of the classroom. And it was! One of the most impactful experiences I had was going to a voter engagement conference at Harvard my sophomore year (thanks to the Culver Center),” Shipp said, “seeing that Simpson is recognized on a national scale in political science helped me understand that my education is important and respected.”

https://thesimpsonian.com/31129/lifestyles/features/senior-spotlight-natasha-shipp/

Natasha Shipp, a senior, is a double major in political science and applied philosophy and a student in the honors program. Shipp is originally from Oskaloosa, Iowa. In high school, she was involved in band and debate. She also interned on Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015 while st...

Graduates of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center have established the John C. Culver Fellows Alumni Association, hon...
02/01/2021
Simpson College establishes Culver Fellows alumni organization

Graduates of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center have established the John C. Culver Fellows Alumni Association, honoring the senator’s vision to promote public service. Read more at: https://simpson.edu/news/simpson-college-establishes-culver-fellows-alumni-organization

The graduates of Simpson College’s John C. Culver Public Policy Center have established the John C. Culver Fellows Alumni Association, honoring the senator’s vision to cultivate and promote public service. The alumni association will serve in an advisory role for the Center, offering fundraising...

Congrats to Culver Fellow alumnus Quinn Slaven for being recognized with Awesomeness Award by his employer, LS2group!
12/08/2020

Congrats to Culver Fellow alumnus Quinn Slaven for being recognized with Awesomeness Award by his employer, LS2group!

Congratulations to LS2group Account Associate Quinn Slaven for being recognized this morning with the Awesomeness Award! Thank you Quinn, for your work in the community and your dedication to clients.

Check out Culver Fellow alumna Britney Samuelson's article on boosting after-school STEM learning opportunities for Iowa...
11/24/2020
After-school STEM learning gets a boost from the Million Girls Moonshot

Check out Culver Fellow alumna Britney Samuelson's article on boosting after-school STEM learning opportunities for Iowa school children!

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2020/11/24/iowa-stem-learning-gets-boost-million-girls-moonshot/6358959002/

The environment of after-school lend themselves uniquely to the kinds of hands-on, sleeves-rolled-up learning so critical to STEM education.

Register now for "Criminal Justice Futures," a free virtual program this Friday afternoon exploring legislative, law enf...
11/17/2020

Register now for "Criminal Justice Futures," a free virtual program this Friday afternoon exploring legislative, law enforcement, and community progress towards fairer, more effective criminal justice system outcomes.

The Simpson College Criminal Justice Futures program will feature a panel of 10 experts from various backgrounds discussing progress toward goals for improving criminal justice system outcomes.

This program is perfect for current students interested in criminal justice, alumni in the fields of public policy and law enforcement and anyone involved in law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Iowa. The program is also ideal for community activists and organizations seeking systemic reform.

Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/3lDTUnI

Kudos and many thanks to the outstanding student leaders of Simpson College's Voter Engagement team: Culver Fellows Elis...
11/04/2020

Kudos and many thanks to the outstanding student leaders of Simpson College's Voter Engagement team: Culver Fellows Elise Sturgeon, Daniel Estrada, Kylie Doupnik, and Drake Wood! This team has worked tirelessly since early summer to prepare for the 2020 election season and position Simpson to set a new record for student voter turnout. Next time you see them on campus, give them a big thanks and (virtual) high five!

Calling all SimpCo students in Indianola Precincts 3 & 5! Catch a free shuttle to your polling place today (Masonic Hall...
11/03/2020

Calling all SimpCo students in Indianola Precincts 3 & 5!
Catch a free shuttle to your polling place today (Masonic Hall on Hwy 92). Shuttle will run a loop from Kent loading dock (D Street side) to Masonic Hall from 11am - 3pm AND 4pm - 8pm.

Make a voting plan - how will you get to your polling location? Students in Precinct 2 can walk right across the street ...
11/02/2020

Make a voting plan - how will you get to your polling location? Students in Precinct 2 can walk right across the street from campus while students in Precincts 3 & 5 can get a ride from us on November 3rd.

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11/02/2020

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Students, if you’re voting in-person on #ElectionDay, make sure you’re ready. Know your polling location and what you need to bring to the precinct. If your polling location is off-campus, there will be a shuttle to make sure you get where you need to go.

Get the details at https://bit.ly/34oxYqt #Election2020

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