Owning Our Vote

How do you either begin or deepen your civic and community engagement at Babson and beyond? As a community, how do we collective ensure that we exercise our vote, and engage in local politics to affect change. A panel of experts who are actively engaged in politics will discuss how to own our vote, and ultimately, the impacts on our community. Moderated by Kevin Bruyneel, Professor of Politics

 
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Kevin Bruyneel
History and Society Professor, Babson College

Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College. He wrote The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations, and presently writes on the relationship between race, colonialism and collective memory. He has recently published articles in History & Memory, Settler Colonial Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, and The Canadian Journal of Political Science. He is presently working on a book project on the role of Settler Memory in US race discourse and politics. He was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Bruyneel completed his B.A. at Simon Fraser University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research in New York City. At Babson College, Bruyneel teaching courses in Political Theory, American Politics, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Radical Politics. He lives in Somerville, MA.

 
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Jane C. Edmonds 
VP for Programming and Community Outreach, Babson College

Early in her career, Edmonds was appointed by Governor Michael S. Dukakis as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the civil rights law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She later founded and ran her own consulting firm, Jane C. Edmonds & Associates, Inc., a workforce development and diversity leadership firm serving clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors for more than twenty years. In 2003, Edmonds served as a member of Governor Mitt Romney’s cabinet and as head of the Department of Workforce Development responsible for oversight of three line operating divisions and several centrally-managed functions, and for the flow of over two billion dollars in federal, state and tax revenues within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Most recently, Edmonds served as Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies where she taught graduate-level domestic and international leadership courses in the Master of Science in Leadership Program. At Babson, Edmonds is responsible for introducing and incorporating the principles of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® to Entrepreneurs of All Kinds® with business, governments, and non-profit organizations through programming and community outreach for the College’s Boston Campus at 100 High Street.

 
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John Campbell ‘11
Founder & Real Estate Investor, John Campbell Realty

Throughout John’s career, he has been active in politics, which started at Babson. To-date, John is the first, and only student to have served as SGA President for three-consecutive years. In 2013, he ran for NJ State Assembly in the 22nd Legislative District, garnering 18,000 votes as one of the youngest legislative candidates in state history. Aside from being a real estate investor and coach, he is a highly sought after political consultant and strategist.

 
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Amelia Adams ‘06
Political Director, de Blasio 2017

Amelia Adams is a native New Yorker and Babson’s own alumna, class of 2006. She was a staple in the campus: an active member of the free press and a formidable player on northeast champions Women’s Rugby team. Continuing her active spirit, Amelia became an Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) community organizer working with New York City (NYC) residents to build power in their communities and hold elected officials accountable. Amelia quickly gained notoriety in the organizing and political fields for her consistency, fairness and passion for building coalitions to move power to the people. Having lived in almost all of the NYC boroughs growing up, Amelia has knowledge of many different cultures and the injustices faced by a variety of people. In 2013 Amelia was deputized as a director of New York Communities for Change (NYCC) where she oversaw the organizing and political departments in addition to creating a staff development program. During the summer of 2013, she was instrumental in helping to elect the first Democratic Mayor in NYC in two decades. In 2014 she went on to become a Senior Adviser and the Director of Community Engagement for New York City’s first Latina Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito. Most recently, Amelia served as Political Director to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reelection campaign. Some of Amelia’s most notable accomplishments include the inaugural Fight For $15 campaign, expanding Participatory Budgeting to more NYC neighborhoods and the first ever national conference on sanctuary cities. She is a karaoke enthusiast and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.