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ACLU of Utah Service Learning Portfolio Smith Griggs, Shannen Angell, Gabriella Ontiveros, and Scott Franklin

About ACLU of Utah

The ACLU of Utah operates through public education, legal advocacy, litigation, and lobbying to ensure the constitutional rights and freedoms of everyone living in or visiting Utah. While many organizations and political groups will focus on raising awareness about an issue or only addressing immediate needs that stem from these issues, we’re excited to see the ACLU of Utah taking action at the legislative level to solve these problems at their systemic, institutional core. When it so often feels like our calls for social reform are just shouts in the void, it’s exciting to see an organization making palpable change.

Project Description

We planned to conduct a webinar for students at UVU. The presentation focused on on educating individuals on how to recognize misinformation on social media regarding voting rights and also impressing upon them the importance of being politically active. We also participated in the ACLU's social media monitoring efforts before, during, and after the U.S. Presidential election.

Project Goals

  1. To benefit the Utah Valley community by spreading awareness and clarity on voting rights and importance.
  2. To impress on those who feel disillusioned with the current political climate the importance of being politically active.
  3. To ourselves learn more about voting rights, Utah’s ACLU, and to become more involved in our community and political conversation.

Group Members & Responsibilities

Smith Griggs

  • Coordinated with ACLU Utah to submit deliverables and schedule meetings
  • Created presentation and slides for the event, if needed
  • Received training from the ACLU on how to train and educate voters
  • Assisted with putting together the presentation and slides

Shannen Angell

  • Created agenda for meetings
  • Ensured project moves according to the schedule
  • Designed, created, and distributed advertising and digital signage
  • Received training from the ACLU on how to train and educate voters
  • Assisted with putting together the presentation and slides

Gabriella Ontiveros

  • Took notes during meetings
  • Networked with UVU clubs and organizations to find partnership for the event
  • Organized the logistics of the virtual event
  • Received training from the ACLU on how to train and educate voters
  • Created and put together PowerPoint slide show used during webinars.

Scott Franklin

  • Organized team files and documents
  • Networked with UVU clubs and organizations to find partnership for the event
  • Designed, created, and distributed advertising and digital signage
  • Received training from the ACLU on how to train and educate voters

Deliverables

We created three main deliverables over the course of the semester: the slides for the planned presentation; the digital marketing for the presentation; and the social media monitoring report forms. We weren't able to deliver the presentation to attendees, but planning the event and putting together the presentation helped us to

Dis/Misinformation & Voting Rights Presentation

We crafted a slideshow on Google Slides to accompany our presentation on voting rights and dis/misinformation. While we didn't have any attendees during our Zoom webinars, we learned a lot about how to educate voters as we brushed up on voting rights and compiled it into a teachable format.

Digital Webinar Marketing

We advertised for our voting rights webinar by posting this graphic on our personal social media profiles. We wanted to keep the design of the post professional and simple while also including some of the information we would go over during the webinar.

Social Media Monitoring

After receiving training from the ACLU, a significant portion of our service hours were spent doing social media monitoring. We checked different platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for dis- or misinformation regarding topics like the election or COVID-19. When we found a post that required more engagement from the ACLU, we filled out incident reports so it could be followed up on.

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