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Partner Spotlight: Overseas Vote Foundation

Overseas Vote Foundation LogoThe Overseas Vote Foundation  released their latest newsletter not too long ago, and we wanted to share with you links to the content of said newsletter and encourage you to sign up here as it has excellent elections information and research.

Features and Articles in this issue include the following:

Happy reading!

Announcing the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary Video Competition Winners

Remember that video contest we told you about?

The one where ADP wanted to find students to speak at the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting?

Well, we found them.

And, yes, to be sure, we had a great set of submissions–thank you to everyone who entered! However, there were not enough entries to conduct an online contest, which is why you didn’t ever receive notification about voting or how you could give us your two cents.

Still, we’ve identified our winners, the ladies below, who were selected by an internal AASCU panel to be our plenary session panelists.

Allow me to introduce you.

Meet Rachel Wintz:

Rachel Wintz Photo

From Palmer, Alaska, Wintz is a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in sociology, minoring in Spanish, and receiving a certificate in civic engagement. After graduation, she plans to work for the Peace Corps in South America then attend graduate school for a master’s degree in international development.

“I think the only way to have a healthy community is through active participation of civically engaged citizens,” said Wintz. “Because of this, we need to encourage people of all ages to be involved in their communities in order to make them better places to live.”

You can watch her video here.

And Bianca Simone Brown:

Bianca Simone Brown Photo

Brown, who grew up in Rodeo, a first-year graduate student at Western Kentucky University (WKU).  She is the Public Achievement Coordinator for the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and received an undergraduate certificate from that department as well. Brown earned her BA in English and philosophy at WKU and is currently working toward a master’s degree in social responsibility and sustainable communities. After graduation, she plans to utilize her background in English studies to continue working with community members, affecting positive social change through literacy education for upward mobility.

Brown’s primary interest is taking an active role in helping others to realize and exercise their own power. 

“I believe that if one feels it is possible to be disempowered by others, one was never self-empowered to begin with,” said Brown. “As I feel involvement in political life begins foremost with the self-empowerment of the individual, I aim to inspire others through my own actions and philosophy of civic engagement: the hopeful messages each of us deserves to share with the world must be masterfully crafted, expressed with confidence, and relentlessly upheld.”

Being selected to represent civically engaged AASCU students around the nation is not only a personal honor Brown holds high, but she also said it speaks to the department (ICSR) she has been a part of for the past two years. She is grateful for her mentor and John Saltmarsh award-winning director, Dr. Paul Markham; her father, Bill Brown, who taught her to never stop fighting for what is right; and her mother, Maria del Refugio, who showed her what it means to be activist.

You can watch her video here.

Wintz and Brown will be joined by two community college students from TDC member institutions; we are looking forward to hearing what they all have to say!

8 Myths about CIRCLE’s NSLVE: Has Your Campus Signed Up?

Back in November we shared information on this blog about CIRCLE’s new National Study on Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) in this blog post. A number of ADP campuses have since signed up to participate in this free study (no survey completion required). The deadline to participate is March 15, but ADP campuses are being given a one-week extension until March 22!

CIRCLE has revised their FAQ – it’s still long, but it’s clear.  And they’ve streamlined the process, recommending that campuses sign up for the basic study before the March 15 deadline, and then worry about whether they want to participate in a special study or tailor the data fields considered.

CIRCLE also contacted campuses to learn what barriers might prevent their participation.  Based on those responses, they are doing some “myth-busting.”  Here are a few things that CIRCLE heard, and their response to these concerns:

We don’t have time/don’t want to run another survey or assessment.

You don’t have to!  This is NOT a survey.

We don’t want to send CIRCLE our student list.

You don’t.  You send the authorization form to the National Clearinghouse, which already has your list, and they add voting records, de-identify it, and send it to us.

The system seems to protect student privacy.  Does it really?

It’s hard not to say to everyone, “trust us!”  But we worked hard with FERPA lawyers up and down the east coast, and it took us nearly four months to get it right. We don’t want to know who your students are or how an individual voted.  We want to study aggregate rates and patterns and give campuses interesting data..

We need IRB approval.

We can’t speak for individual campuses, but only one campus so far has felt the need to seek an exemption from their IRB.  Why?  Because CIRCLE will be working from de-identified lists. Reports contain aggregate data, not student lists (de-identified or not).

It’s hard to figure out who should sign the form.

Here’s who can sign: presidents, provosts, vice presidents, institutional researchers, and enrollment officers.  We’re keeping track of who signs most, and right now, it’s a dead heat between student affairs officers and institutional researchers.

We don’t want to deal with it now.  We’ll wait for the next round.

Campuses won’t get 2012 numbers for comparison if they wait.  It’s the comparisons with 2014 and 2016 that will make this information really valuable.

March 15 is too soon.  We can’t pull it off.

You have plenty of time  to download the form, find the right person to sign it, and follow the instructions for submission on the bottom.  The average turnaround, based on downloads-to-submission data, is three days. And ADP campuses are being given an extension until March 22!

We can’t just sign this.  We have to read everything and understand it.  And it’s complicated, and no one has the time.

Join an upcoming info session.  There’s one a week, and they run around 30 minutes, give or take a few.  Or email Nancy Thomas (nancy dot thomas at tufts dot edu) with questions. She’s happy to chat with campuses one-on-one.

UMBC’s Sparrow Point Project

baltimore sunThe University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Sparrows Point Project was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun. David Hoffman, UMBC’s ADP Campus Coordinator and Assistant Director for Civic Agency spoke to the Sun about how the project — and UMBC’s larger Breaking Ground initiative  (see previous blog post) — are advancing the university’s efforts to prepare students for informed, engaged citizenship:

“How can we prepare students to work together and see the world as open to transformation through their actions?” said Hoffman, one of the program’s leaders. “Every experience students are having reinforces the sense that they can take responsibility for recognizing problems and initiating solutions in their communities.”

Read a segment of this front page story below, and find the full story here.

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun:

UMBC students use new media to document a dying industrial past

They are preserving Sparrows Point history through website, film

By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
8:00 p.m. EST, February 11, 2013

Now, with the  [Sparrows Point steel] plant closed and machinery being sold for scrap, Bartee and other steelworkers are teaming with University of Maryland Baltimore County students and professors to record their stories. The students are making a website and helping with a documentary to preserve the history of the plant….

Much as pieces of massive machinery have been carted away from the plant in recent weeks, the history of the mill — once the region’s economic hub — is in danger of disappearing. But two UMBC professors and their students aim to preserve the stories of 20th-century manufacturing using 21st-century techniques….

The project is part of the university’s Breaking Ground initiative, which aims to empower students to develop and implement solutions to challenges that surround them. David Hoffman, UMBC’s assistant director for civic agency, said the university wants to shatter students’ conception that citizenship occurs in discrete bursts in the voting booth or volunteering projects….

The Sparrows Point project, Documenting Cultural Heritage in Partnership with Communities, is a collaboration between an American studies professor, Michelle Stefano, and a new media studio professor, Bill Shewbridge. The students in their two interwoven courses use traditional methods for exploring the past, such as transcribing oral histories, while employing the latest technology to record and share those stories.

Read more.

What We’re Reading: Millennials Civic Health Index

The Millennials Civic Health Index, recently released by four of the top civic organizations in the country, paints a comprehensive picture of young Americans 18 to 29 (AKA Millennials).

The study challenges commonly held beliefs about a generation of young Americans whose votes played a critical role in November’s presidential election. The report highlights the diverse ways in which Millennials are taking action in their communities beyond the voting booth, online and offline, across different regions of the United States.

The report, produced by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and, begins with a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty introduction to the civic health of Millennials and presents positive statistics and areas for growth.

The full press release and PDF version of the report can be found here.

Important ADP Dates & Deadlines

Here are some important dates on our calendar for the upcoming academic year. What other civic engagement related events are on your calendar?










What We’re Reading: Circle Working Paper #75

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

To coincide with its recent announcement regarding the formation of a nonpartisan and scholarly Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge, CIRCLE has re-released a November 2012 summary of existing research entitled, “Voting Laws, Education, and Youth Civic Engagement: A Literature Review.”

This working paper serves as an example of the kind of research CIRCLE will provide to the Commission and the public. Sample of findings include:CIRCLE Logo

  • Civic education boosts knowledge and engagement.
  • Election officials and agencies may be effective civic educators.
  • Making registration and voting more convenient has a modest impact on turnout.

For more information on the commission and updates on its work, click here.

Election Day Reflection 2012

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

On Tuesday, November 6th — just over a week ago — I awoke at 4 a.m. in order to keep one of the personal civic commitments I made for 2012. (You can read a previous blog post about ADP’s civic commitments here.) It was dark and cold as I walked the length of my cul de sac to join other members of my Hume Springs neighborhood in Alexandria,VA at the Cora Kelly Community Center.

Why was I awake so early? I made a personal civic commitment — read: New Year’s resolution intended to benefit my community — to volunteer in a non-partisan manner on Election Day (something I hadn’t done since I was in graduate school during the 2004 election).

I signed up at my county election board office,  attended a three-hour training in late October, and was sworn in as an election officer at about 5 a.m. on Election Day. I appeared to be the youngest of the Election officials in my precinct (and in my training session), and enjoyed meeting other members of my community as deeply committed to strengthening our democratic processes and ensuring individuals’ rights to vote were met.

Jen Domagal-Goldman in the voting booth with her mother as a child.I spent approximately 16 hours meeting, welcoming, and thanking fellow members of my community as they stood in line to complete and cast their ballots. At the voter information station I explained how the new paper ballots (which would be electronically scanned) worked as well as the new VA Voter ID law (which, while requiring either a voter registration card or some other form of ID — including, but not limited to a drivers license, Student ID card from a VA educational institution, passport, government employee ID, is relatively less constraining than many of the new voter ID laws sweeping the nation).

My favorite role, however, was handing out “I voted” stickers — not only to voters, but often to their young children who accompanied them to the polls. Did you know that one of the best ways to ensure young voters exercise their right to vote is to bring the to the polls as children? Maybe that’s why I’m so committed to acting on my right and responsibility to participate in our electoral process and to ensure that fellow citizens are also able to exercise their right to vote (see embedded photo of me “voting” with my mom and younger sister in the 1980s in Central New York).

At the end of the day I was exhausted, yet proud of myself and my community. I am equally impressed with and proud of the Election 2012 educational and programming activities of ADP member campuses — together we helped to register and get-out-to-vote a population of politically informed and engaged college students. You can learn more about various campus election programming in these previous blog posts.

I encourage ADP campuses to consider ways of encouraging students to volunteer as election workers in the future. For me it was a great learning experience and a fabulous way to contribute to my community and our democracy. (Check out Missouri Western State University’s Poll Worker training guide.)

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