CEEP non-partisan NC voter guides just in time for early voting!

The Campus Election Engagement Project is a national, nonpartisan effort that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections. In addition to supporting student voting fellows across the across the country and funding our MidTermsMatter mini-grants program here in NC, CEEP produces non-partisan candidate and issue guides designed to give student voters straightforward, unbiased information. For 2018, CEEP has created several NC-specific guides and resources. PLEASE reproduce and distribute! NC Supreme Court Candidate Guide – a 2-page guide to the 3 candidates who are vying for a seat on…

ALL IN Challenge recognizes NC campuses for 2016 voter participation

Last week in Washington, D.C., the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge hosted its first-ever awards ceremony to recognize colleges and universities that achieved high student voter participation in 2016. In all, more than 30 awards were announced, including the Highest Voting Rate for University of Missouri – Saint Louis and the Most Improved Voting Rate for Northwestern University. ALL IN also recognized high-performing campuses with a Gold Seal (70+% voting rate), Silver Seal (60-69%), and Bronze Seal (50-59%). Campuses were recognized based on their student voting rates as measured by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Campuses that take…

NC College Voter Summit challenges campuses to engage students in democracy

More than 60 students and staff representing 14 colleges and universities gathered last week for the 2nd annual NC College Voter Summit. Hosted by Elon University, the event was a chance to explore how higher education institutions can support students’ civic learning and voting, with a special focus on the 2017 municipal elections. Three plenary and ten breakout sessions featured state and national experts on a variety of topics, including: how campuses can work with county boards of elections, how citizens can engage with local governments, NC voter eligibility rules, gerrymandering 101, ways to “get out the vote,” and more….

How can your campus support student voting and democratic engagement?

Check out these upcoming webinars and events for campuses looking to support student democratic engagement: Events! Constitution Day September 17 Officially “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” Constitution Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. A 2005 law requires each educational institution that receives federal funds to hold a educational program on the U.S. Constitution for students on September 17th! Because the 17th falls on a Sunday this year, schools may hold the program on the preceding Friday or Monday. Learn more. National Voter Registration Day September 26 A national…

Post-election reflections and resources from Campus Compact

In the wake of this week’s election, national Campus Compact has reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening democracy. Dr. Andrew Seligsohn, president of national Campus Compact, argues that we must “fortify the institutions in our society committed to openness, diversity, human dignity, and truth.” In a recent blog post, Dr. Seligsohn recalls the history of own family’s struggle for democracy and humane values, and concludes: “All of us who work every day to ensure that higher education rises to the challenge of its public purposes now must gather our own strength in our own ways. Then we must get back to work…

Final tips for GOTV, Election Day, and Beyond

We’ve compiled resources and suggestions to help our engaged campuses support students’ civic participation before and after the election. GOTV & VOTER EDUCATION NC Early Voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Students can register and vote during early voting. Please encourage your students to early vote by providing them info about the nearest early voting site, required documentation (especially for 1st time voters in a county), and non-partisan candidate guides (see below). Find NC voter resources here: ncvoter.org Plan campus GOTV events and check GOTV Tips and Ideas from CEEP – most important: encourage students to make a…

NC College Voter Summit prepares students to #votehot

On September 10, nearly 60 student leaders from 17 NC campuses gathered at Elon University for a full Saturday of training on best practices for non-partisan voter engagement. In whole group and break-out sessions led by veteran organizers from Democracy NC, the Campus Vote Project, and NC PIRG, students dug into such topics as: working with your local board of elections, effective use of social media, and using voter pledges to get-out-the-vote. Democracy NC organizer Marcus Bass kicked off the morning by telling the story of voting in the United States, drawing a line from the Founding Fathers, through the women’s suffrage and civil…

CEEP Student Fellows lead efforts to engage college student voters

This summer — with support from the national Campus Election Engagement Project and Ben & Jerry’s “Democracy in Your Hands” initiative — we welcomed 5 student leaders to our EE Fellows Program. They joined a group of 12 student fellows who began working last spring to support non-partisan, campus-based efforts to engage student voters this fall and to institutionalize programs and processes to sustain future democratic participation on their campus. Learn more about these democratically-dedicated election energizers below. DaQuane Cherry Central Piedmont Community College Advisor: Jenn Marts DaQuane is a second-year student at Central Piedmont CC. He hails from Elizabeth City, NC and…

College voter engagement summit to train non-partisan student leaders

NC Campus Compact, in collaboration with other state and national partners, will host a 1-day training event for students who are leading non-partisan, student voter engagement activities at NC colleges and universities. Sessions will include updates on NC election law, training on organizing and best practices for voter engagement, and campus idea exchange. This event is geared for students who have baseline knowledge of voter engagement and are looking for more in-depth training. FREE but you must RSVP! (Box lunch will be served.) REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, SEPT. 2nd! Register now. Learn more and connect on the Summit event page. Sponsored by Andrew…

Introducing the 2016 Election Engagement Fellows

North Carolina Campus Compact, in partnership with the national Campus Election Engagement Project, is working to support non-partisan election engagement activities at campuses throughout our network. We have worked with CEEP in past election seasons, including in 2012 and 2014. Our new initiative began last summer, when the Compact joined a coalition of state and national non-partisan organizations working to promote student voting in North Carolina. Our work this spring has included providing professional development on student voter engagement for campus faculty and staff during our January network meetings, disseminating election-related information and resources relevant to building campus-wide efforts, and teaming up with the…

Election Engagement Fellowships

North Carolina Campus Compact, in partnership with the national, non-partisan Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), is sponsoring 2016 Election Engagement Fellows at select schools in our network. Through non-partisan voter engagement activities and collaboration with campus and community partners, Fellows will accomplish two goals: Engage, educate, and turnout student voters in 2016 Assist the campus in creating or enhancing institutional supports for future student election engagement Support for this program is provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation through its Strengthening Democracy initiative. Background: Higher education institutions in our state have both philosophical and practical obligations to support student electoral participation. Campus Compact members in particular have committed…

Campus Election Engagement Project-NC challenges students to register, vote

With the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching, NC Campus Compact is challenging college students to register and turnout on November 4. Since July, the Compact has been providing resources and training for student leaders and campus groups in our role as statewide facilitator of the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a nonpartisan national effort to involve college students in elections. Already, the initiative has granted nearly $10,000 to Student Government Associations and other groups to support voter engagement activities on 16 North Carolina campuses. Over 50 individuals from 26 campuses have participated in voter engagement trainings offered by the Compact…

Youth Vote Estimated at 49% in Presidential Election

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that 22-23 million young Americans (ages 18-29), or at least 49%, voted in the presidential election, according to national exit polls, demographic data, and current counts of votes cast. Young people represented 19% of the voters in the election, with President Obama winning the majority of those votes over Governor Romney by 60% to 37%, according to the early released National Exit Polls (NEP), conducted by Edison Research.  Click here for more information on this analysis. Additionally, at least 80 electoral votes depended on youth.  In Florida,…

High Point University to Host “Religion & Politics” Town Hall Meeting on September 4th in Charlotte

As part of their The American Dream Project, High Point University is hosting a Town Hall Meeting and Panel Discussion  on “Religion and Politics” on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, concurrent with the Democratic National Convention.  All are welcome to attend this student-run production that will be taped for broadcast at First United Methodist Church (501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC).   You can download a flyer with more details at this link .  Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see High Point University.

North Carolina Student Leaders Needed for Millennial Civic Engagement Summit in Charlotte – DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY!

Mobilize.org invites Millennial leaders across North Carolina to apply for the Millennial Civic Engagement Summit.  Summit participants will share the challenges they face to becoming civically engaged, and propose civic entrepreneurial strategies to address those problems on their campuses and in their communities for the 2012 Election and beyond. The summit will take place August 24-26 at the Hilton Charlotte City Center. You will have the opportunity to network with other Millennials from around the country, discuss the most pressing issues facing our generation, engage with elected officials on the local, state and federal level and attend workshops to help you in your own…