A party platform is an essential component of any convention. It is a document that lays out the party's official position on social, economic and foreign policy issues. A draft is usually presented to the delegates for debate.

2016 Platform

This is the 2016 Mock Convention platform (PDF). Copies will also be made available at the Convention.


If you wish to propose an amendment to the platform, please use the forms available on this website. You may propose an amendment before the Convention by emailing mock2016@owu.edu OR during the actual convention.

Platform Hearings

During the Fall Semester, the Platform Committee held a series of hearings designed to educate the campus about just a few of the issues at stake in the coming election. We held hearings on ISIS, immigration, and student debt. Both the Democrats and Republicans hold platform hearings at their nominating conventions every four years. At the platform hearings, party members review a draft of the party platform (usually drafted before the convention). These party members then discuss and debate (1) the final issues that will be included in the official platform, and (2) the party's positions on those issues. Once agreed upon by the committee, the final draft of the party platform will go to the convention floor for a vote.

This year's platform hearings framed issues that will be incorporated into the final party platform. Issues being addressed are the problem of ISIS, the impact of immigration, and the politics of student debt.

Panelists have included faculty members Ji Young Choi (international studies/politics and government), Susan Gunasti (religion), and James Franklin (politics and government) discussing the “CrISIS in the Middle East”; Nick Crane (geology/geography), Robert Gitter (economics), and Juan Armando Rojas (modern foreign languages) discussing “Immigration in the 21st Century”; and Alice Simon (economics) along with Ben Andrews (doctoral candidate in sociology) and President Rock Jones discussing “The Politics of Student Debt.”

Platform Hearing #1

CrISIS in the Middle East
October 21, 2015

  • Ji Young Choi, Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
  • Susan Gunasti, Assistant Professor of Religion
  • James Franklin, Professor of Politics and Government
Program (PDF)

Platform Hearing #2

Borderlines: Immigration in the 21st Century
November 5, 2015

  • Nicholas Crane, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Bob Gitter, Professor of Economics
  • Juan Armando Rojas, Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
Program (PDF)

Platform Hearing #3

Drowning in Debt? The Politics of Student Debt
December 1, 2015

  • Rock Jones, President of Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Alice Simon, Professor of Economics
  • Ben Andrews, Ph.D. Candidate, The Ohio State University
Program (PDF)