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VWU Recognized Among Most Engaged Campuses for Student Voting

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University celebrated by ALL IN for efforts to increase student voter participation

University News | November 16, 2022

Virginia Wesleyan University has been recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) as one of this year's Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting.

The accolade recognizes colleges and universities for making intentional efforts to increase student voter participation. Virginia Wesleyan is among a group of 394 colleges and universities recognized by ALL IN for completing these four actions: participating in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge; sharing 2020 NSLVE Reports with campus voting data with ALL IN; developing and submitting a 2022 democratic engagement action plan with ALL IN; and having a current signatory to ALL IN’s Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation.

“College student voter turnout has increased since 2016 and this increase has been driven by students,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is excited to expand our ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll to recognize these student voting champions across the country. These student registered voters served on their campus voting coalitions, spearheaded voter education efforts, advocated for campus polling locations and organized other voter engagement efforts to ensure their peers were confident and informed voters. We are excited to see what they continue to accomplish.”

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization that strives to change civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs on college campuses, making voter participation a defining feature of campus life.

The initiative empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Campuses that join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge complete a set of action items, with the support of ALL IN Challenge staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campus. The initiative currently engages over nine million students from more than 950 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.