Ong Whaley researches civic engagement and political participation. Ong Whaley desires to illuminate how political actors and institutions structure public access and participation in policy & decision-making with the goal of creating a more just & inclusive democracy. Ong Whaley currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Civic Engagement Section of the American Political Science Association and as a Civic Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and University's American Democracy Project. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Teen Vogue, NPR, Inside Higher Education, Education Dive, among others.
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Encourages readers to deliberate on the different lenses through which they might view the January 6, 2021 insurrection as a symptom of longstanding inequities in access, voice, and participation in democratic institutions, and to use it as a teachable moment for reimagining a more just and inclusive democracy.
Demonstrates the importance of campus-wide civic learning and democratic engagement learning outcomes and how to measure them.
Discusses engaging students in the election process to build trust in democratic institutions.
Discusses the rise in student voting being encouraging and hopefully a sign of things to come, but turnout alone is not sufficient to build a more just and inclusive democracy.
Illustrates educators around the globe are facing challenges in teaching politics in an era in which populist values are on the rise, authoritarian governance is legitimized, and core democratic tenets are regularly undermined by leaders and citizens alike. Mentions to combat anti-democratic outcomes and citizens’ apathy, Teaching Civic Engagement Globally provides a wide range of pedagogical tools to help the current generation learn to effectively navigate debates and lead changes