Saint Louis University

In the run up to the 2016 Election, the Department of Political Science hosted a series of watch parties for the presidential primaries, debates, and election night. The watch parties featured coverage of election returns, viewings of the debates, and presentations from Political Science faculty. Professors Rogers, Windett, Laird, Hazelton, and Katagiri discussed how the primaries work, voter psychology, and the election's potential implications on the courts and international affairs. To help students further engage in politics, student organizations - Political Roundtable, the College Democrats, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, the Middle Eastern Students Association, Lion's Club, Rainbow Alliance, UNA, SLU Model UN, the CGC, Black Student Alliance, and ATLAS - provided information about their groups at each of the events, and 50 students registered to vote at the primary watch parties.

Primary Election Watch Party

The watch parties were the largest events ever held by the Department of Political Science. Over 1200 different students attended at least one watch party, with over 400 students coming together to watch first Presidential Debate and almost 600 students seeing Donald Trump surprise the nation to win the Presidency. The events not only brought SLU students together for active conversations about politics but also showcased the university to the larger St. Louis community, receiving news coverage from KMOV Channel 4, KSDK Channel 5, KTVI Channel 2, and KMOX. Students, faculty, and President Pestello were interviewed by the press at the watch parties. This positive attention for the university and the events themselves would not have been possible without the support from Center for Global Citizenship, Student Involvement Center, and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Presidential Debate Watch Party