Elections and Democracy
NC Campus Compact seeks to improve civic life by actively engaging our member institutions in initiatives that help develop and promote practices and habits of democracy. This includes nonpartisan election engagement, census engagement, and civil discourse and dialogue.
In 2008, we began partnering with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national, nonpartisan effort to help colleges and universities involve students in elections. Through our partnership with CEEP as well as the Puffin Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, through the years we have been able to disseminate nearly $100,00 in mini-grants to campuses throughout the state, host Election Engagement Fellows programs, organize the annual NC College Voter Summit since 2016, and share resources and information with our campus members throughout the state.
2020 Election Engagement
NC Collegiate Citizenship Project (NC-CCP)
In summer 2020, thanks to funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, NC Campus Compact launched the NC-CCP to promote election engagement and civil discourse and dialogue on member institutions throughout the state.
Ask Every Student Initiative
This year we are grateful to be a partner organization of the Ask Every Student Initiative. This initiative provides a framework to integrate voter participation efforts broadly across campuses with the goal of full participation. We are grateful to the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition for funding to support an Election Engagement Coordinator from September – December.
Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Partnership
We are grateful to once again partner with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) to promote election engagement. We received a grant to provide promotional materials to our campus network and to provide mini-grants to three member campuses: Lenoir-Rhyne University, UNC Wilmington, and Wake Forest University.
NC Campus Compact is a proud partner organization for the three major election holidays: National Voter Registration Day (September 22); National Voter Education Week (October 5-9); Vote Early Day (October 24).
NC Census Fellows & the #MakeNCCount Video Contest
In spring 2020, NC Campus Compact developed and hosted the NC Census Fellows program. These students worked to mobilize their campuses and community to ensure a complete census count. Funding was provided by the NC Counts Coalition.
- Meet the Fellows
- Read Fellowship highlights
- See the #NCCensusFellow social media campaign. Twitter │ Instagram
We also partnered with the NC Counts Coalition to sponsor the #MakeNCCount Video Contest. These videos, targeting college students, provide information about the census in creative and fun ways. There were two categories for contest submissions: Informational and Inspirational. Each winner received a cash prize. The winners were:
- 1st place Informational category: Deja Mayfield, North Carolina A&T State University
- 2nd place Informational category: Love Cesar, NC A & T State University
- Inspirational category winner: Lauren Bagby, Winston-Salem State University
Every September, since 2016, NC Campus Compact hosts a convening of students, faculty, and staff who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts. With the help of national and state partners, participants learn and share innovative strategies and practical information to support college voter registration, voter education, and electoral participation.
NC Campus Voting Coalition
Since 2012, we have helped facilitate conversations among a group of organizations focused on getting college students engaged in voting. NCCVC meets virtually each monthly to share resources and individual projects. The Coalition also organizes the annual NC College Voter Summit. Here is a link to
an organizational summary page of the current Coalition members listed below. You can click on the individual links below for more information.
ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)
Campus Vote Project
Common Cause NC
Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights
NC Asian Americans Together
North Carolina Black Alliance
Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
Southern Vision Alliance
You Can Vote
Members of NCCVC during the 1st annual retreat (January 2020 at Durham Tech)
Election Engagement Resources
In addition to the Coalition partners listed above, below are additional election engagement resources and organizations.
AASC&U American Democracy Project
CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)