The 2020 Democratic National Convention is taking place July 13-16, and local universities are doing everything they can to prepare for the major event.
Saj Thachenkary, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement at the Milwaukee School of Engineering stated, "We want to put our best foot forward and best face forward. We're looking for ways to get involved and looking for ways to heighten MSOE. We are partnering with the DNC to the extent that we're able to make sure that one of the nation's top universities is right here, a few blocks from the Fiserv Forum."
Thachenkary says MSOE wants to be a good neighbor and good partner, and find ways to help. As a Milwaukee Resident for twenty-five years, he believes that this is an opportunity to surprise people, and really reframe Milwaukee.
But MSOE isn't the only local university preparing for the expected 50,000 visitors in July.
Back in April of this year, Marquette University announced the creation of the Convention Steering Committee. This Committee was designed to assist in university preparations for the convention.
Per the university's website, "Marquette has started preparing for the opportunities this presents for the university in terms of academic programming, student experiences, financial revenue and national visibility, as well as for the operational and security challenges related to an event of this magnitude."
The Executive Leadership Team (President Michael R. Lovell, Acting Provost Kimo Ah Yun and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joel Pogodzinski) have decided that all net revenues from renting residence hall and event space on campus during the convention will support the university's top priority – unrestricted scholarship.
Marquette is promoting student internships, temporary jobs, and volunteer opportunities for the convention next summer.
Director of Marketing and Communications at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Tony Tagliavia, stated, "The college continues to evaluate and discuss the opportunities and impacts of this exciting opportunity for our community as information continues to develop. We expect to be able to share details with the MATC community and the community at large in the coming weeks and months".