Here is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss. In 2013, Tufts University and CIRCLE launched a national study of college student voting rates called the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Nearly 600 campuses are currently participating, and we encourage your institution to join the study as well. This opportunity is free, confidential, easy, and protective of your students’ privacy.
In 2012 a call to action went out to the higher education community with the publication of “A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future.” The report lays out specific steps “to make college students’ civic learning and democratic engagement a pervasively embraced educational priority and a resource for democracy.” The national conversation that followed was only the first step.
The next step is using programs like NSLVE to evaluate which strategies to increase student democratic engagement are most effective so they can be supported and spread to as many campuses as possible.
NSLVE provides you with an unprecedented opportunity to learn in aggregate numbers:
- how many of your students are eligible to register to vote,
- how many registered and voted,
- where your students voted (locally or out-of-state),
- the method your students voted (regular or absentee ballot), and
- voting rates broken down by specific demographic and academic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level.
You will receive this information in a confidential report tailored for your institution. You can see a sample here.
To ensure that your students’ privacy rights are fully protected, NSLVE researchers work with de-identified student lists. Your registration and voting rates will be known only to NSLVE researchers and will remain confidential. Reports go to only one person on your campus, you or your designee.
Joining the study is easy. Simply complete this authorization form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a survey, and you do not need to compile student lists or records. For more information, see this FAQ or contact Ishara Casellas Connors, NSLVE associate director.
To receive your 2012 and 2014 voting rates, you must sign up by March 31, 2015.
Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. EST.
CIRCLE (the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) recently received a grant to study college student voting rates. 260 universities and colleges have already signed up including 43 American Democracy Project member institutions.
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) presents an unprecedented opportunity for your campus to learn in aggregate numbers:
- How many of your students are eligible to register to vote
- How many registered and/or voted, and where (locally or elsewhere)
- The way your students voted (regular or absentee ballot)
By participating in this study, your campus will also help build a national database for future research. CIRCLE will be working with de-identified student lists, so your students’ privacy rights are fully protected. This is not a survey!
If you are interested, you can also correlate voting with specific demographic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level. CIRCLE has also been able to provide peer comparisons by Carnegie classification.
To join the study, you must sign up by April 10th 2014.
NSLVE is offering ADP campuses the chance to learn more about what you can do with this data and share what information you would like to know in the future. Take advantage of this opportunity and join this conversation by attending a free webinar TODAY, Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
To join the webinar:
For additional specifics, go to the NSLVE page and/or contact Nancy Thomas, NSLVE director, for more information.
EveryVote University is a free service that makes it easy for any student organization to post election information and candidate biographies online. The goal is to increase voter turnout in university elections by helping student organizations improve their outreach over social media.
EveryVote election pages are fully-functional on computer, tablet, and mobile devices, and no web design skills are needed to create a page.
To see a sample EveryVote election page, click here.
EveryVote was recently used by Northern Illinois University’s Student Association, and will be used for NIU’s Homecoming King and Queen election, to be held on October 9th. To view the NIU Student Association election page, click here.
If your school or student organization would like to share election information online, you can create your own pages now at www.everyvote.org, or email email@example.com to find the personalized help to get you get started.
The State of Student Voting: From Shelby County to North Carolina
Tuesday, September 10
2 to 3 p.m. ET
We are organizing a call to examine the state of student voting.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student participation was strong in 2012, but going forward there will be a number of challenges to maintaining or increasing youth participation. In 2014, new restrictions will be in place, there won’t be the election buzz of a presidential election, and fewer resources will be devoted to turning out students. To avoid the dramatic drop off we saw in 2010, students need information about rule changes, how to comply, and registration and voting procedures. To effectively communicate all of this information, institutions of higher education and student organizations also need to join the effort.
Please join the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project tomorrow, Tues., Sept. 10 from 2 – 3 p.m., EDT for a discussion on the state of student voting. The call will feature speakers from Fair Elections Legal Network, Campus Vote Project, the Bus Federation and Rock the Vote and will highlight:
- A review of Shelby County, other major court decisions, and recent legislation impacting student voters;
- What may be on the horizon;
- Successful efforts by colleges and students to promote and protect student voting; and
- Messaging and other efforts, such as National Voter Registration Day, that will help engage students during the off year while preparing for an important 2014 election cycle.
This call is intended to move the conversation toward 2014. Campus Vote Project is planning a strategy meeting, early next year, to explore different topics concerning student voters. Through your participation in this presentation and discussion, we hope to identify the issues and topics that would be most useful to address at the 2014 winter conference.
To RSVP or if you have questions, please email Erica Evans at email@example.com.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided grants to Campus Compact, Cesar Chavez Foundation, HOPE worldwide, Points of Light, Service for Peace, and Youth Service America to plan and carry out projects that bring Americans together to serve in their communities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These MLK Day grantees are making available sub-grant funds to organizations that plan service activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Below is information on some of the available MLK Day grants, including who can apply, the topical focus of each Request for Proposal (RFP) and the deadline date. For more information on each RFP, please click the grantee’s name below.
Service for Peace
Service for Peace has closed its grant competition, but there are still opportunities to partner for the 2014 MLK Day of Service.
Service for Peace has a comprehensive plan for MLK Day 2014 that aims to achieve the following:
- Implementation of MLK projects and the 40 Days of Peace in at least 10 states engaging larger numbers of volunteers and partners than past years;
- Recruitment of veterans, military families & students to service;
- Improvement of the lives of disadvantaged youth & military families;
- Strengthening of communities engaged in service through “Communities of Peace”;
- Growing the impact of the MLK Day connected to Dr. King’s teachings.
For more information, please contact Service for Peace at Info@ServiceforPeace.org.
Youth Service America
Target audience/who can apply:
- Volunteer centers
- Nonprofits and community organizations
- K-12 schools / school districts
- Colleges and universities
- Youth development organizations
- Organizations working with veterans and military families
RFP focus area(s):
- Engaging 3,000 volunteers; including at least 1,000 youth volunteers, ages 5-25, and their families
- Partnering with organizations, including:
- youth development organizations
- local businesses
- veteran and military family organizations
- Veterans and military families
- Education (reading, tutoring, mentoring)
Due: September 30, 2013
Target audience/who can apply:
At-risk neighborhoods and statistically at-risk populations for home fires as determined by local fire departments, local data, or US Census data. Applicants may include, but are not limited to:
- HOPE worldwide chapters
- American Red Cross chapters or other local affiliates of disaster preparedness and/or response organizations
- AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs
- Local emergency management agencies or fire departments
- Institutions of higher education
RFP focus area(s):
- Disaster Preparedness (specifically fire prevention activities)
Due: October 1, 2013