Future of Florida Public Policy Summit

The Second Annual Robert A. Bryan

Future of Florida Public Policy Summit

"Modernizing Voter Registration"

Hosted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida


Friday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 22
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The brightest young minds in Florida will gather in one place to discuss the modernization of voter registration in our state, and to develop a comprehensive plan to address it. Students will come together for a weekend of meaningful discussion and deliberation to develop and advocate for a viable solution to improve voter registration in our state.

Scholars and advocates from around the country will inform our civic discussion through sessions about all aspects of this issue. Join the most able students in the state as we come together to empower the collegiate demographic and develop real answers for Florida’s future!

Event Information
Modernizing Voter Registration
The conference is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 and conclude around 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. View the program agenda.  The event will be located in the Pugh Hall Ocora on UF’s main campus. Event check-in will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 in Pugh Hall. The Center is centrally located and easily accessible by car and foot. Directions/Map to Pugh Hall. Participants will learn about and engage in the following areas of advocacy:

  • Lobbying
  • Coalition Building
  • Messaging/Marketing
  • Social media

Keynote speakers will include elected officials, lobbyists and educators from across the state. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Florida Sen. Jeff Clemens, sponsor of the online voter registration bill;
  • Dr. Michael McDonald, UF professor and voting rights expert;
  • Wes Jones, vice president and national canvass director, Grassroots Campaigns;
  • Pegeen Hanrahan, former mayor of Gainesville and Deputy Director of the “Yes on 1” campaign for the Florida Land and Water Amendment; and
  • Ray Seaman, online director, Progress Florida and organizer of “Yes for Marion Schools” initiative.

View the program agenda

Sudents are only responsible for travel costs and incidentals. Food and hotel accomodations will be provided by the Bob Graham Center. Students will be housed at the Holiday Inn University Center at 1250 W. University Ave. The hotel is within walking distance of the University of Florida campus.

Student Organizing Committee:

  • Katy Burnett
  • Frances Chapman
  • Lauren Nickoloff
  • Jesse Fallen
  • Nathan Harvey
  • Priya Kamath
  • Natalie Martinez