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)

NC College Voter Summit

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.
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Election Holidays

NC Campus Compact is a proud partner organization for the three major election holidays: National Voter Registration Day , National Voter Education Week and Vote Early Day .

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. 

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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

All In Campus Democracy Challenge

Ask Every Student 

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)

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

Institute for Democracy and Higher Education

Election Imperatives 2020
Election Imperatives 2019

National Voter Education Week

National Voter Registration Day

North Carolina State Board of Elections

Nonprofit Vote

Vote Early Day