Nassau Community College, SUNY Cortland & SUNY
Plattsburgh Celebrate Constitution Day with
Your Vote and the First Amendment  

September 16, 2022 Garden City, NY- Nassau Community College, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Plattsburgh celebrate Constitution Day 2022 with Your Vote and the First Amendment. The virtual programming will be held on Tuesday, September 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“In observance of Constitution Day, Nassau Community College, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Plattsburgh, are pleased to present a program where students can learn how recent changes in campaign law can impact their vote.  They will have a chance to meet elected officials across party lines and dialogue with them and each other about the upcoming election,” said Susan Cushman, English Department and Chair of Civic Engagement, Nassau Community College.

 “Students from across the political spectrum are concerned about issues such as abortion, the economy, and climate.  This Constitution Day event will help students realize that they might need to address the issue of money in politics if they are to be heard when they address other issues – because the freedom and power of speech is not equally distributed,” said John Suarez, Director, Institute for Civic Engagement, SUNY Cortland.

 “Our role as educators in our SUNY institutions is if course to help our students to flourish and prepare for the demands of the adult world. More importantly, however, is the duty we have to help them become participating citizens of that world. Our Constitution Day program is just one example of our commitment to that duty,” Jonathan Slater, Director Emeritus, Institute for Ethics in Public Life, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Programming includes:

  • Keynote Address: "The First Amendment, the Educated Voter, and an Engaged Citizen" presented by Allen Groves, Senior Vice President and Chief Student Experience Officer, Syracuse University
  • Second session: Campaign Finance Reform – a discussion with elected officials. 
  • Third session: Deliberative Dialogue – a student discussion on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. the F.E.C. and how it impacts elections and voting.

Each programming session will include faculty, staff and students from all three campuses

The public is invited to participate in Your Vote and the First Amendment.  All programming is virtual. For more information about this event contact Dr. Susan Cushman, Nassau Community College, at

About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College is an institution where nearly 14,000 full-time, part-time, Workforce Development and continuing education students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 80 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in the State University of New York System, Nassau Community College offers a high-quality education and excellent support services providing students with a solid foundation for their future successes. Nassau Community College graduates join a network of hundreds of thousands, representing professionals in healthcare, legal, education, business and government.

Media Contact:  Lindsey Angioletti |  C:  (516) 320-0695


Top of page