Mount St. Joseph University was recently designated by NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) as a Voter Friendly Campus for 2019-2020 for election engagement efforts during the last two years.
The Mount was initially recognized as a Voter Friendly Campus during 2017-2018 (the first time that NASPA offered the designation). Mount St. Joseph University is the only institution in the Greater Cincinnati area to receive this designation.
The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project (an initiative of the Fair Elections Center) and NASPA, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2018 elections and in the coming years.
The Mount was evaluated based on a plan to engage student voters in 2018, methods for facilitating democratic engagement efforts on our campus, and a final analysis of our efforts. The designation is valid through December 2020. Keith Lanser, manager of service learning and civic engagement, spearheaded this initiative.
The Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan election reform organization working to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve election administration. Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting and helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.