We had a successful week at the University of Colorado, Denver. On November 10, we hosted a debate watch party and we had other student orgs there, including students for Bernie, Students for Rand and Turning Point. Although YAL does not endorse candidates, we felt it would bring in a bigger perspective for the audience if we had opposing views at the event.
Attendance was awesome and we had free pizza/drinks there for the students and community in attendance. The debate was a great way to get students there to communicate about their political views, and it gave the student organizations there a chance to promote their political ideologies.
Because of the debate we had many students come who weren’t originally involved in politics, and a lot them took our YAL political ideology quiz. Students learned their political ideology, and some of them were surprised to find that their views were different from what they thought. It is exciting to see so many students come to the debate watch party with not much interest, and to leave learning that they cared more about politics than they had previously believed. During the debate, we set up a stack of our pocket book constitutions to give to people who came in, and soon enough, all of our constitutions were gone.
Overall, I would say our debate watch party at CU Denver was a success, and I look forward to doing more in the future!