Hobart and William Smith Colleges have enrolled in the 2020 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to improve nonpartisan civic engagement and voter participation on campus.
Managed by the nonprofit Civic Nation, the Challenge is a national awards program that encourages colleges and universities to help students practice active and informed citizenship. Annual awards recognize colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates.
“Civic engagement is an essential facet of the character of Hobart and William Smith, and we are proud to participate in this important effort to promote a voting public as knowledgeable as they are passionate,” says HWS President Joyce P. Jacobsen, who signed the ALL IN Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation.
Through the Challenge, HWS commits to convening a campus-wide committee to develop and implement an action plan to improve voter engagement. Joining more than 100 other higher education leaders, the Colleges will also participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) to measure student voter participation rates. The action plan and the results will be shared with the Challenge, making HWS eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.