Electoral Engagement in Community Colleges

This knowledge hub provides a clearinghouse of resources for community college electoral engagement based on the Engage the Election project in 2018.  Please use the menu to the left to navigate through the collection of resources.

Curator: Verdis L. Robinson, Director of Community College Engagement, Campus Compact. If you have suggestions for additional resources to add to this knowledge hub, please contact Verdis at verdis@compact.org.

Engage the Election was a direct response by Campus Compact to engage community colleges in leveraging the midterm elections in 2018.  Its goal was to create wide-reaching electoral engagement opportunities for community college students, many of whom are first-generation, low-income, and students of color.  The project, which was made possible by Young Invincibles and the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) coalition,  was intended to produce ideas, principles, and practices for effective electoral engagement that take into deep consideration the unique opportunities and challenges presented on community college campuses and that reflect of their special ties to the community.

14 community colleges were selected to form a diverse group of mini-grant recipients. These campuses served as case studies for the project, ultimately producing resources that will be useful to a broader network of campuses. Visit compact.org/engage-the-election for the full list of mini-grant recipients.

As a result of the project, we have compiled this knowledge hub to provide community college campuses with a collection of resources for intentional electoral engagement through tools, best practices, recommendations, and model programs organized using the acronym P.R.E.S.S. the Vote.

P.R.E.S.S. the Vote

  1. Preparation
  2. Registration
  3. Education
  4. Showing Up
  5. Showing Off

P.R.E.S.S.the Vote offers a collection of resources to inform community college electoral engagement action plans to advance efforts on campuses.  The central resource of this series is the Election Imperatives provided by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.  We are thankful to Dr. Nancy Thomas, Director of IDHE, and her team for this timely resource.

Drawing from their research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institutions, this report offers ten recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus conditions for political learning, discourse, and agency during the election season and beyond.

Election Imperatives is a collaborative, practitioner-focused document that grounds this important work in years of research.  This rich document provides ten recommendations for what campuses can do to make elections important moments for student political learning. These recommendations are woven strategically within the P.R.E.S.S. the Vote collection.

The following webinar introduced the Election Imperatives in August 2018:

For more on Election Imperatives:

Please use the menu to navigate through the collection.  Note: Although intended for community colleges, P.R.E.S.S. the Vote can be adapted for four-year colleges and universities as well.