With an undergraduate inhabitants of somewhat over 3,200, USC Aiken has college students with an unlimited array of political beliefs which at all times has the chance to current some points.
Samuel Boyd, USCA’s scholar physique president, mentioned he thinks the college’s neighborhood has put a variety of work into making it an setting the place animosity shouldn’t be the primary type of communication.
“We’re not pressuring anybody to go someway and we’re very open to the concept that you’ve got your individual concepts and never making an attempt to pressure you a method,” Boyd mentioned. “That’s, for my part, one thing that’s interwoven with the thought of upper training.”
Boyd mentioned that he and the remainder of the Scholar Authorities Affiliation are working to make the coed physique extra conscious and that all of them have the chance to vote. He additionally emphasised that there is not one important political view on campus.
“We now have the people which are very passionate and unwilling to listen to different folks,” Boyd mentioned. “However, as a basic rule, I’d say USC Aiken is type of an outlier in increased training within the sense that there’s not one dominating view and other people aren’t pushing that view on different folks.”
Evan Jenkins, a senior at USC Aiken and the president of the political science membership, agreed. He feels everybody can converse their thoughts and have discussions with out backlash.
“I believe as a freshman, it wasn’t like that for the entire campus,” Jenkins mentioned. “However over 4 years, it has undoubtedly gotten higher about that.”
Amethyst Marroquin, a senior at USC Aiken and scholar coordinator on the Scholar Life Workplace of Variety Initiatives, agreed with Jenkins.
“I believe that over the previous 4 years, college students have discovered the best way to talk higher about some issues,” Marroquin mentioned. “It went from ‘What ought to my response be?’ to a state of listening and making an attempt to a minimum of hear one another out.”
Jenkins introduced up a latest campus occasion primarily based round speaking about political points to folks on the opposite facet. The truth that the occasion was even held, Jenkins mentioned, speaks to how open the campus is. He mentioned the occasion maxed out on capability.
“I believe that occasion provided college students some consolation that it’s doable for 2 individuals who disagree to not solely coexist with each other however actively attempt to preserve social relationships,” Marroquin mentioned. “That’s opposite to what we’re seeing in our private relationships and on the information and issues like that. I believe that occasion gives college students who want that recommendation or who want that reassurance that it is okay to do that.”
Boyd mentioned there was a debate watch social gathering for the ultimate presidential debate on Oct. 22 that was a bipartisan occasion.
“Respect was assured as a result of we mentioned everyone be respectful,” Boyd mentioned. “All people was in a position to pay attention. Though folks very clearly had totally different opinions on what was occurring, there have been no arguments, there was nothing breaking out. It was identical to you’ve got an opinion, I’ve an opinion.”
Jenkins additionally spoke concerning the watch social gathering and mentioned about 150 folks confirmed up.
Requested about voting, Jenkins mentioned he thinks it is necessary due to the collective.
“Your particular vote, like your one vote, doesn’t change the entire final result of an election however it’s extra of like if lots of people are considering that means they usually don’t vote, then who is aware of how many individuals are considering that means?” Jenkins mentioned. “That adjustments a whole election. It’s extra of the collective. If this complete total campus, nobody voted, they usually have been all in Aiken or Edgefield County, that adjustments a variety of various things, whether or not thats for the appropriate or the left facet.”
Boyd mentioned the SGA simply desires everybody to get out and vote. He mentioned they’ve been doing voter registration occasions to attempt to unfold the phrase.
“No matter how the election goes, I believe lots of people are going to exit and vote from USC Aiken,” Boyd mentioned.
Marroquin mentioned she thinks politics is talked about regularly amongst scholar leaders and that increased training and school is the place to have these conversations.
“I believe our college does an awesome job with encouraging college students to suppose critically about points,” Marroquin mentioned. “Being an empathetic listener doesn’t excuse anybody’s conduct, however it will get right down to the why. I believe that amongst scholar leaders, we’re in a position to speak about politics as a result of we’re empathetically listening. We’re not listening to argue or reply, however to pay attention and perceive which I believe this nation may use extra of.”