The central state prepares the debates

WILBERFORCE, Ohio — Ohio’s senatorial and gubernatorial candidates will take center stage for a series of debates this month. Central State University, one of Ohio’s historically black colleges, will host the proceedings.


What do you want to know

  • Central State University to Host Ohio Senators’ and Governors’ Debates
  • This is the first time Central State has hosted the debate
  • This is important to Central State because it is a historically black college and wants students to know their voice matters.
  • Students are excited to watch the debates and learn more about the candidates

The students shared their excitement about the opportunity during a panel discussion for the next segment of Spectrum News’ Town Hall.

From a young age, Sydney Grayson wanted to make a difference in her community. That’s why she pursued a degree in political science.

“I started getting more interested in politics and what politicians can do or what paralegals can do to change their community,” Grayson said.

Motivating black students to vote is also part of its missions. That’s why she attended a student roundtable on campus about the upcoming Senate and gubernatorial candidate debates.

“It was always instilled in me to vote and to be present at the polls,” she said. “I want to encourage my classmates and fellow students to take action and take initiative to go out and vote.”

The voter purge, lack of representation among candidates and voter turnout were some of the concerns addressed by panelists during the discussion. Grayson said the purge is a big concern for her because it affects students who attend college in a different city than where they are registered to vote.

Ohio State is purging voters if they haven’t voted in two years or if their address has changed and isn’t reflected on their registration.

“When we talk about the purge process, I think it’s alarming because as students we have things that can be a barrier to overcome when it comes to voting,” she said. declared.

The university will host three debates for Democratic and Republican candidates over the course of two days. As the university prepares for this big event, President Jack Thomas said he welcomes the opportunity and hopes it will show students the importance of voting.

“I hope this will encourage many of them to vote and let them know that every vote counts and their vote matters,” Thomas said.

While the debates take center stage, there’s a lot going on at Central State University. A new residence hall, health and wellness center and other renovation projects are underway over the next few years. All thanks to $65 million from the Project Innovation Initiative.

“We think we are a good university, but we are doing the things necessary to make this institution a great university,” he said.

As for Grayson, she says she can’t wait to watch the proceedings and decide who gets her vote for governor and senator. She says she will vote for the person she thinks uplifts the community and more.

“Also someone who is in dire need of uplifting things like HBCUs and uplifting the community to come,” she said.

For more on the student roundtable and upcoming debates, stay tuned to Spectrum News. The student town hall, Decision 2022 – The promise of the vote, will be broadcast on March 24.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story misidentified the pronoun of the university president. We regret the error and have corrected the error. (March 25, 2022)

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