Mid Michigan College has joined the Michigan Collegiate Voting Challenge, a statewide campus voter turnout competition from the Michigan Department of State. By joining the Challenge, Mid joins campuses across the State in cultivating the next generation of informed and engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.

“Young people are our future, and it’s critical that members of the next generation make their voices heard in our democracy,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said. “By joining the Challenge, Mid Michigan College affirms its commitment to ensuring students are both informed and engaged participants in the 2020 election and beyond.”

Mid will be eligible for awards based on voter turnout and registration rates on campus for the November 2020 election. The Secretary of State will issue statewide awards for 2-year and 4-year institutions based on campuses’ National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) reports generated by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University in Massachusetts for the November 2020 elections.

By joining the Challenge, Mid has committed to convening a campus-wide committee to develop and implement an action plan that describes the institution’s commitment to and strategy for advancing nonpartisan democratic engagement through civic learning, political engagement, and increased voter participation. The College will share its student voting rates from its National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) campus report in order to earn a National seal and be eligible for awards.

The Challenge is a partnership between the Michigan Department of State and the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a National, nonpartisan nonprofit, to facilitate Michigan’s competition. Schools that sign up for the Michigan Collegiate Voting Challenge will also be automatic participants in the Nationwide ALL IN Challenge.

“Preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed for their public lives as contributing members of our democracy and their professions has historically been a responsibility of higher education,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Ph.D., executive director of the ALL IN Challenge. “We are thrilled to welcome Mid Michigan College to the Challenge and applaud its commitment to making informed engagement in our democracy a meaningful part of campus culture.”

The partnership benefits from the support and insight of a National  Advisory board and works in partnership with organizations such as The Campus Vote Project, AASCU’s American Democracy Project, Campus Compact, NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, and others to advance the shared goal of informed and increased participation in our Nation’s democracy.

For more information about the Mid’s participation in the Michigan Collegiate Voting Challenge, contact Amy Goethe, Director of Student Wellness & Equity, at agoethe@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622 x256. 

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