Elections and Democracy

Since 2008, NC Campus Compact has partnered with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national, nonpartisan effort to help colleges and universities involve students in elections. 

CEEP produces voter education resources, including state and national candidate and issue guides; provides paid fellowships or mini-grants to students and campuses to expand voter engagement efforts; and sponsors a network of organizers who consult with campuses about how to institutionalize and expand student voting and electoral engagement.

Examples of our Compact’s past efforts include:

NC College Voter Summit (Save the Date for the 4th Annual Summit on September 20, 2019 at Elon University)
This one-day event in September convenes students, faculty, and staff who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts. With the help of national and state partners like Campus Vote Project or You Can Vote, participants learn and share innovative strategies and practical information to support college voter registration, voter education, and electoral participation.

Mid-Terms Matter Mini-Grants
To strengthen campus supports for voter education and electoral participation during the 2018 mid-term elections, our Compact awarded $1,000 mini-grants to select member campuses. Mini-grant funds were used to provide student leader stipends, facility rentals, transportation, food, supplies, materials, printing, technology services, speaker fees, or other expenses related to non-partisan, student voter engagement activities. Our Compact offered a similar program in 2016.

Campuses seeking to expand or deepen their work in this area can learn more from these resources and organizations:

AASC&U American Democracy Project

All In Campus Democracy Challenge

Campus Vote Project

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

Institute for Democracy and Higher Education

Nonprofit Vote