Southwestern Newsroom, Brooke Shattuck:
"Today, Southwestern University is one of 231 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia designated as a Voter-Friendly Campus. This is the third time that Southwestern has been designated as a Voter-Friendly Campus. The initiative, led by the national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that have encouraged their students to register and vote in the 2020 and forthcoming elections.
The mission of the Voter-Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. SU was evaluated based on a campus plan for registering, educating, and turning out student voters in 2020; voter-engagement efforts on campus; and a final analysis of the institution’s efforts in the face of the upheaval caused by a global pandemic. The designation is valid through December 2022.
Southwestern University has made a strong statement about the civic mission of higher education to prepare students to be engaged in our democracy and is excited to continue engaging students through 2021 and beyond. SU Votes!, the coalition promoting voter registration, education, and turnout, includes representatives from many campus departments, student leaders, and faculty. Using data from previous reports of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, Southwestern identified a goal to increase our overall voting rate to 55% during the 2020 election."
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