Forum Program

SoHi Policy Forum Full Program

Federal Education Funding

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Presenter:
Cassidy
Panelists:
Adison, Margie, Claudia
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Federal education policy is a well planned financial outline that pushes funding towards needed projects such as fair student treatment, present COVID-19 relief funds, and consistent federal educational funds for Alaska K-12 schools. The Alaskan K-12 education system is not without problems, but federal funding is a limited contributor to overall funding and therefore only a small part of those issues in comparison to how state and district funding affects educational matters. I will be discussing the positives and shortcomings of federal education, and how federal funding issues can be resolved.

A Need For Change Regarding Climate Issues: A Domestic Solution for a Global Crisis

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Presenter:
Katherine
Panelists:
Margie (Lead), Olivia, Bethany
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The existence of climate change and other climate issues has been heavily debated in politics for many years, but that does not stop them from happening. Climate issues affect the whole world and are too large to be ignored. However, governments often try to find national solutions for an international problem. This presentation will address where governance has failed and how it can be improved.

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The Mental Health Services for Students Act: Addressing Mental Health in America

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Presenter:
Katie
Panelists:
Olivia, Katherine, Adin
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Mental health in the United States remains a contentious issue within the national government, as policies and budgeting meant to address its dire social and economic implications threaten to offset the current balance of federalism. In an effort to assist schools with student outreach and mental health interventions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Grace Napolitano introduced The Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2020, an amendment to the Public Health Service Act that proposed the statutory authorization of a state educational agency grant program called Project Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE). Providing comprehensive funds to support the institution of school and community-based mental health programs, the Act presents the United States with the opportunity to directly address mental health in the ranks of the next generation of American citizens. It is time for the country to address mental health and enact change. 

The Importance of Classical Literature in Schools

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Presenter:
Macayla
Panelists:
Margie, Harlee, Brittany
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It is important for classic literature to be taught in schools because it teaches students about other cultures, points of view, and empathy. Classic literature is sometimes banned for dealing with racism, violence, sexual references, and/or language. Are these really reasons to ban a book especially when its contributing to a larger topic of discussion? Why should books like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby be taught in schools? When it comes to banning books there are many people with different stances on the topic. It is a multifaceted issue dealing with both students, parents, and teachers rights.

Abortion Needs To Have Limits: Risks and Reasons

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Presenter:
Claudia
Panelists:
Cassidy, Margie, Olivia
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This presentation is going to cover the point’s of view of abortion in the US. Discussion will take place in which panel members will ask the speaker about abortion. A slideshow presentation will also be displayed with information and statistics. The presentation will dive deeper into abortion, going past the general pro-choice or pro-life usual arguments. Pro-life and pro-choice will be defined, and then the similarities between them, and what can be done to solve the issue.

Reducing Financial Assistance to Israel

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Presenter:
Adin
Panelists:
Harlee, Katherine, Gavin
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The United States should stop the funding of Israel. Too much money is sent, and that money could be better spent on domestic issues. Also, in supporting Israel the United States endangers its own citizens, both civilian and military. Not only does supporting Israel risk their lives, it also risks their financial stability.

Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act: Addressing Abuse in the "Troubled Teen" Industry

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Presenter:
Paige
Panelists:
Katie, Adin, Margie
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Thousands of teens every year are sent to some form of camp that promotes itself to be a safe place for your troubled teen. The “tough love” industry has been used to treat kids with all different kinds of issues. You may be sent to a camp for having bad grades to drug and substance abuse. Many of these programs are privately owned and run. These facilities are usually not equipped with trained staff or any federal guidelines to follow. Therefore, a lot of allegations of abuse and neglect have been brought to law enforcement’s attention in the past but, most cases never get justice.

Equal Civil Rights

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Presenter:
Seraiah
Panelists:
Harlee, Abby, Macayla

On the Legal and Social Protection of Transgender People

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Presenter:
Adison
Panelists:
Abby, Adin, Olivia

The Federal Legalization of Marijuana & Decriminalization of All Other Intoxicating Substances

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Presenter:
Olivia
Panelists:
Margie, Gavin, Katie
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This presentation will explore the complexities and benefits of federally legalizing marijuana for recreational use and examine the motivations behind the drug decriminalization movement in the United States with an emphasis on the potential benefits this policy would have in Alaska.

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The Policy of Net Neutrality

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Presenter:
Gavin
Panelists:
Adison, Adin, Olivia
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Have you ever noticed that on the internet, your ability to connect to different websites is the same across the internet? For example, so long as you have a steady internet connection, you can access all parts of the internet without certain places being blocked or slowed. This policy, called net neutrality, was repealed in 2018. In this presentation, learn about this policy and why it should be reinstated.

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LGBTQ+ Adoption Rights: A Right to a Loving Family

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Presenter:
Abby
Panelists:
Margie, Katie, Adison
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Religious adoption and foster agencies around the U.S. have been turning away members of the LGBTQ+ community, claiming that their choices and lifestyles go against the agencies’ religious beliefs. The right to faith-based agencies to discriminate is an ongoing debate. More and more states have been moving towards removing government funding for agencies that discriminate based on children’s and couple’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This presentation will critically analyze the debate over faith-based agencies discriminating against members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Discrimination in Women's Sports: Title IX

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Presenter:
Harlee
Panelists:
Adin, Margie, Abby
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Title IX of 1972 Education Amendments was the beginning of the rise for women’s sports; “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Can transgendered women participate in women’s sports competitively? What can be fixed with the proportionality of Title IX?

Physician-Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: The Right to Die

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Presenter:
Margie
Panelists:
Abby, Katie, Adin
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Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for those with painful, incurable diseases and terminal illnesses has been a heated debate since the 1980s in the United States. The biggest obstacle for medical-assisted death is the debate over morality. Should morality really be considered as a big factor on whether medical-assisted death be legalized federally? Does one have the right to die in the case of an incurable disease that causes immense suffering or a terminal illness? This presentation will critically analyze the topic of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.