Independent Voter Project
Student-run IVP Chapter Program Launches in San Diego
On Saturday, February 28, the Independent Voter Project hosted an event in Old Town, San Diego to announce the formation of its first local Chapter Program.
The Independent Voter Project Chapter Program San Diego is run by students and young professionals with a mission to improve public political dialogue, encourage nonpartisan information and ideas, and to promote open, honest, and authentic discussion.
The Independent Voter Project board, IVP San Diego Chapter Program representatives, and nearly 100 independent-minded students and young professionals joined the effort based on a simple principle: elections should serve people over parties.
After the introduction of the IVP Chapter Program Advisory Board, former California state senator and co-chair of Independent Voter Project, Steve Peace, spoke to the group about the right of participation and told attendees that if they only walked away with one thing, it should be the importance of staying informed.
The next steps for the chapter are the fundamentals of advocacy through an annual Leadership in Action: People Over Parties workshop. Upon completion, participants will be equipped with campaign management and new media campaigning skills. These skills are based on a comprehensive approach to today's political landscape and enable these young leaders to not only manage databases, but run an outreach program and utilize today's technologies.
Leadership in Action: People Over Parties is a free two-day workshop open to everyone over the age of 18 and who adhere to these leadership principles:
- To seek improvement in public dialogue by using resources, networks, and knowledge developed in the program.
- Learn the modern tools of leadership in order to be nonpartisan and equitable in bringing information and ideas to the public.
- To be willing to be wrong and to correct information in an open and honest manner by learning the fundamentals of leadership.
In closing, Advisory Board Director Nancy Phung shared the importance of changing the political conservation at the local level. In meeting, recruiting, and working with the student volunteers, she said, “It is inspiring and comforting to know that we can come together and say, ‘No, we are not ill-informed and no, it is not because we don’t care; we are here to address an electoral process and media environment that have divided the population along partisan lines, and leave us out of the conversation.’”
The Leadership in Action program is one of a number of efforts that Independent Voter Project Chapter Program San Diego will be offering for its community. The group is also in the process of starting more university entities like IVP Campus CSU San Marcos at San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego.
IVP Co-Chair Jeff Marston (center) with IVP Chapter Launch Party attendees