Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Educational Experiences

College Programs

College Programs

College Programs

College students take on the role of a U.S. Senator or Representative during the Institute’s immersive college programs. They’ll deepen their understanding of civic life as they work to represent their constituents, deliberate with colleagues, and craft legislation. The Institute’s program offerings can support a range of college disciplines, including history, political science, social issues, public policy, and health studies.

Senate Immersion Module (SIM)

College SIM

The Senate Immersion Module (SIM) is a 2.5-hour Senate simulation held in the full-scale reproduction of the U.S. Senate Chamber at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. College students are sworn in as Senators for the Day and convene in the Senate Chamber to work together to build legislation on a contemporary, historical, or fictional topic. Using tablet technology and led by a team of facilitators who adapt the content for a college audience, participants work together to craft a bill on a historic issue or current policy affecting the country.

College SIMs can be scheduled for groups of 25-100 participants. If requested and available, college groups can be partnered with other colleges for a joint SIM program. The SIM is $25 per participant. To schedule a program, please complete our School Visit Request Form. For more information, please contact studentgroups@emkinstitute.org.

SIM Topics

The Affordable Care Act
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
The Compromise of 1850
The Farm Bill
Reconstruction
Renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act
World War I Domestic Policy
Super Powers SIM (an alternate reality SIM)

Conference Committee

College Conference Committee

In this 2-hour simulation developed and facilitated for a college audience, students take on the role of a member of the House or Senate and engage in a Conference Committee, the process of reconciling bills from the two chambers of Congress. As students consider issues of policy, they also learn fundamental concepts of successful negotiation aimed at identifying areas of common interest and expanding beneficial outcomes. In the first installment of Conference Committee, students grapple with the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the “Farm Bill”) and the issues of farm subsidies and food assistance programs.

Conference Committee can be scheduled for groups of 20-32 participants and is $15 per participant. To schedule a program, please complete our School Visit Request Form. For more information, please contact studentgroups@emkinstitute.org.