In recognition of efforts to assist college students overcome limitations to taking part within the political course of, Rowan College has been designated a “Voter Pleasant Campus.”
Sponsored the Honest Election’s Middle’s Campus Vote Undertaking and NASPA-Pupil Affairs Directors in Greater Training, the “Voter Pleasant Campus” recognition honors establishments which have deliberate and applied practices that inspired college students to register and vote within the 2020 elections and in years to return.
The mission of the “Voter Pleasant Campus” designation is to bolster efforts to assist college students overcome limitations to taking part within the political course of.
Established final yr, #RowanVotes is a campus-wide initiative designed to extend voter registration, participation and training. Final fall, the group carried out a census of 8,600 Rowan undergraduate college students and reached out to greater than 600 college students who have been unregistered voters.
Amongst a bunch of initiatives, #RowanVotes labored alongside the College’s Pupil Authorities Affiliation to carry in-person and on-campus voter registration occasions, together with Nationwide Voter Registration Day final September; launch a publicity marketing campaign on campus and on social media encouraging voting; coordinate with a bunch of campus places of work to sponsor programming specializing in the presidential election; develop a #RowanVotes website with entry to voter registration types; and provoke a College-wide training marketing campaign about voting mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rowan was evaluated for the “Voter Pleasant Campus” designation primarily based on a campus plan about how #RowanVotes would register, educate, and end up pupil voters in 2020, the way it facilitated voter engagement efforts on our campus, and a closing evaluation of all efforts—all within the face of the upheaval attributable to a worldwide pandemic.
A part of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Problem, #RowanVotes was led Kathy Javian, professor of political science, and Ben Dworkin, founding director of the Rowan Institute for Public Coverage & Citizenship (RIPPAC).
The core planning workforce included Drew Tinnin, affiliate vp for pupil life; Joe Lizza, director of the Chamberlain Pupil Middle and Campus Actions; SGA officers Arielle Gedeon (president); Kevin McCarthy (assistant vp of governmental affairs); and Jason Brooks (assistant vp of pupil affairs).
Senior biomedical engineering main Katie Driscoll, senior psychology main Lex Thompson, and junior historical past main Ryn Seu have been the coed interns for #RowanVotes. One among their many duties included serving on a panel to coach college students in American authorities courses about particular points associated to the 2020 election, together with pupil rights, healthcare and the atmosphere.
Altogether, 231 campuses in 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, earned the “Voter Pleasant Campus” designation.
NAPSA is the main affiliation for the development, well being and sustainability of the coed affairs career.
Honest Elections Middle is a nationwide, non-partisan voting rights and authorized help group that works to eradicate limitations to voting and enhance election administration throughout the US.
The ‘Voter Pleasant Campus’ recognition is the second honor for #RowanVotes. A video created SGA encouraging college students to register and vote was a winner within the social media/video class of the New Jersey Poll Bowl. Led New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Method and the Division of State, the Poll Bowl is a statewide non-partisan voter registration competitors to encourage and promote civic engagement.
Camryn Hadley, assistant vp of public relations and particular occasions for SGA, developed the video.