UNCG Named “Voter Friendly Campus”

Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 by Kristina Marie Gage under Home Page.

2/27/19

Today, UNC Greensboro received the designation of “Voter Friendly Campus.” The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2018 elections and in the coming years.

The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Our campus was evaluated based on a campus plan about how we would engage student voters in 2018, how we facilitated democratic engagement efforts on our campus, and a final analysis of our efforts. The designation is valid through December 2020.

As part of our effort to be designated a voter friendly campus, the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement (OLCE) led a team of student Democracy Fellows, volunteers, and campus partners like the Student Government Association and Campus Activities and Programs to develop and carry out a election engagement plan for 2018. Key features of this fall’s plan included offering Voting 101 workshops in classrooms, developing a website with student voting information, hosting voter turnout events like Election Fest and “Donut” Forget to Vote, voter registration drives, and a social media campaign.

  • 450 students participated in a Voting 101 workshop
  • 650 students attended a voter turnout event
  • Over 500 students received non-partisan voter guides with information about what was on the ballot
  • 215 students registered to vote through our programs
  • The social media campaign resulted in 22.6K impressions in November 2018, the top tweet was an info-graphic on how to get to the polls

The institutions designated Voter Friendly Campuses represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses.