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We need to do more in celebrating and promoting community college accomplishments in electoral engagement. It supports the notion of community colleges as democracy’s colleges reinforcing the importance electoral engagement for community college students and the campus’ commitment to democracy and to the community. Recognizing electoral engagement efforts can incentivize more efforts on a campus as well as inspire more participation in future efforts.

It is also a time to reflect on the efforts as a way to inform future efforts and build a sustainable and growing electoral engagement. Furthermore, working with public relations for community recognition of efforts can enhance connection, regard, and attention of campus efforts in local and social media.

Summary

  • Celebration- Seek out opportunities to recognize efforts and also recognize them on campus.
  • Reflection- Immediately reflect on the efforts the day after elections to inform future efforts while fresh.
  • Wash, Rinse, and Repeat- Turn electoral engagement into a habit.

Additionally, submit results for recognition in national projects and initiatives like the following:

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.  Utilize this program to recognize students who showed leadership in campus electoral engagement efforts.

For more information: https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program that recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates and encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship making democratic participation a core value on their campus. For more information, visit https://www.allinchallenge.org/.

The following Campus Compact community college members are participating campuses of the ALL IN Challenge:

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College
  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Baltimore City Community College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Capital Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • College of the Canyons
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Delta College
  • Hawaii Community Colleges
  • Heartland Community College
  • Howard Community College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Lane Community College
  • Lone Star College- Montgomery
  • Lone Star College –  North Harris
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Mesa Community College
  • Miami Dade College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Northampton County Area Community College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Santa Fe College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Tarrant County College- Southeast Campus

The Voter Friendly Campus designation is a program through the partnership of Campus Vote Project and NASPA that helps institutions develop plans to coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement. Upon execution and evaluation of their plans to help students register and vote, campuses in the program are designated as Voter Friendly Campuses.

The following Campus Compact community college members s are currently designated as Voter Friendly Campuses:

  • Alfred State College
  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Centralia College
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Delta College
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • Mesa Community College
  • Miami Dade College
  • Northampton County Area Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • South Mountain Community College

For More Information: https://www.voterfriendlycampus.org/