Mount St. Joseph University is competing in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, a competition that recognizes colleges and universities for their “commitment to improving democratic engagement, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens.” The Challenge is organized by Civic Nation, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization committed to educating voters and encouraging citizens to become involved in civic life.
The competition will include a variety of awards for colleges and universities, recognizing those with high voter participation rates during the upcoming November general election. “We know that during the 2012 general election, our students had a voter participation rate of 62%, which was 15% higher than average voter participation rate for all higher education institutions” said Keith Lanser, coordinator for service learning. “The Mount is committed to educating students through liberal arts and professional curricula that emphasizes social responsibility, and all of our students have the responsibility to participate in the world’s greatest democracy. We have a real opportunity to lead the nation in voter participation, and by doing so, we strengthen our commitment to our University’s mission.”
This fall, the Mount will offer a variety of civic celebrations and events for students, faculty, and staff to participate in the democratic process. The election engagement events planned for this fall are supported by the Service Learning Office, Residence Life, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Mission & Ministry, the Center for Ethical Leadership, the Student Government Association, Impact Cincinnati, and the Social Justice Club. Civic events this fall will include:
- Constitution Day, September 16th
- International Day of Peace, September 21st
- National Voter Registration Day on September 27th
- Presidential debate watch parties, issue seminars, and debates throughout the fall
Mount St. Joseph University currently partners with the Ohio Campus Compact on the Campus Election Engagement Project on election engagement efforts, with the ultimate goal of registering students, educating students, and getting out the vote. The Mount provides a variety of election-related services at no cost to students, including: voter registration assistance, absentee ballot request assistance, providing official issue and candidate lists, explaining voter eligibility and registration requirements, and providing polling location information during election season.
For more information, please contact Keith Lanser, coordinator for service learning, at 513-244-4634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.