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, and share resources and information with our campus members throughout the state.
Check out Executive Director, Leslie Garvin, on the the WeInspire podcast discussing NC Campus Compact’s Election Engagement work (released in October 2020)
Each September, since 2016, NC Campus Compact has hosted a convening of students, faculty, and staff who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts. In 2018 the NC Campus Voting Coalition began co-hosting the event. Learn more
NC Campus Voting Coalition
Since 2012 NC Campus Compact has helped facilitate a coalition of organizations focused on getting college students engaged in voting in North Carolina.
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
NC Campus Compact is 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. In 2020 funding from the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition supporting an Election Engagement Coordinator from September – December 2020.
Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Partnership
We were grateful to once again partner with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) in 2020 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.
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)