Voter Friendly Campus

Agnes Scott College Joins Campuses Nationwide in Effort to be “Voter Friendly”

Monday, March 15, 2021

Decatur, GA, March 9, 2021—Agnes Scott College is one of over two hundred campuses in thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus.” The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in 2020 elections and in the coming years.

The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Our campus was evaluated based on a campus plan about how we would register, educate, and turnout student voters in 2020, how we facilitated voter engagement efforts on our campus, and a final analysis of our efforts – all in the face of the upheaval caused by a global pandemic. The designation is valid through December 2022.

As part of our effort to be designated a voter-friendly campus, The Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service mailed every student living in the United States a voter engagement care package that included instructions on how to register to vote, how to vote via absentee ballot, a Scotties Vote face mask if they chose to vote in person, and resources to write to elected officials.

Agnes Scott College has made a strong statement about the civic mission of higher education to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy and is excited to continue engaging students through 2021, 2022, and beyond.

“At Agnes Scott College, we prepare students to be leaders in a global society,” said JLP Prince, Director of Community, Civic, and Global Engagement. “One of the most tangible ways they can begin that is by being an active participant in American democracy. Pursuing the Voter Friendly Campus designation was a natural extension of these efforts.”

The institutions designated Voter Friendly Campuses represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses. Notably, the list of designated institutions includes many Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The program is ultimately serving millions of students.

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About Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College educates students to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 1 for First-Year Experience and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education, focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at agnesscott.edu.

About NASPA

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Our work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.

About Fair Elections Center

Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and legal support organization that works to eliminate barriers to voting and improve election administration across the United States. 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.

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