Research suggests that while college students are passionate about social issues and eager to be a part of something larger than themselves, that passion too often does not translate to voting. AASCU member campuses take seriously their commitment – as expressed through our American Democracy Project – to prepare students to be informed, engaged citizens for our democracy and have made major strides to ensure that civic learning and opportunities for meaningful community engagement are pervasive, but there is still a real need for increased student democratic engagement.
That is why the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge was created – to facilitate and accelerate student engagement in our electoral processes and civic life. This national, non-partisan initiative recognizes campuses for their commitment to improving democratic engagement, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens. AASCU and The Democracy Commitment are proud to support this important effort and excited that many campuses have already signed up!
If your campus has already joined the ALL IN Challenge (view list here), congratulations on being ALL IN! If not, AASCU and Zaneeta Daver, director of the ALL IN Challenge, invite you to learn more at allinchallenge.org. We hope that you will consider participating in this important endeavor and ask that you please share this information with the appropriate administrators on your campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Verdis Robinson or Zaneeta via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 202-930-5502.