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Vote Everywhere is rapidly growing to meet higher education sector demand for the program. We develop long-term relationships with our university partners, and we onboard new schools once per year. Because we’re interested in sustainable results, Vote Everywhere is a partnership between The Andrew Goodman Foundation and each college/university. We prefer being housed within a civic engagement or student affairs office, working with individuals who are passionate about student engagement.

To inquire about bringing Vote Everywhere to your school, click here.  Interested students should provide the contact information of a potential staff or faculty sponsor, called a Campus Champion. To view our current campus partners, click here.

 

Partner Benefits

Influx of resources
  • Funded student positions (Ambassadors)
  • $1,000 annual campus events grant
  • Supplies and materials (buttons, pens, shirts, banners, etc.)
Training and support for your students
  • Four days of intensive training during AGF’s National Training Institute
  • Webinar series on various topics
  • Weekly coaching with AGF advisor
Network of peer institutions
  • University administrators connect and debrief on national calls
  • Students meet like-minded peers from other schools and collaborate through various AGF platforms
  • Campus partners and their work is promoted through AGF media channels
Higher Education Act Compliance
  • The Act requires most postsecondary institutions to make a “good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to their students.” Read more from the US Department of Education.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you really nonpartisan?

Yes, we’re staunchly nonpartisan. AGF Ambassadors are expected to serve the interests of their campus community — regardless of party affiliation. Our students bridge the party divide, uniting all students. Democracy works best when everyone is at the table.

What makes your program unique?

We’re experts in the field of campus voter engagement and organizing, and we use time-tested and research-backed structures to develop and administer the program. We work hands-on with college students and higher education professionals to develop powerful relationships, and we utilize their feedback to constantly improve the program. Vote Everywhere is unique because we are, by design, best able to promote long-term change on campuses. This is our platform: [1]

Official Home on Campus: With every election cycle, voter registration and engagement organizations appear and disappear on campus. This does not result in a sustainable model of voter engagement. In contrast, The AGF enters into a contractual agreement with each university, thereby creating an enduring partnership. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fostering civic and political engagement. That is why Vote Everywhere is designed to meet each campus community’s unique needs, perspectives, and cultures.

Leadership Pipeline: Students typically enter the program in their sophomore year and are encouraged to continue throughout their academic career, building strategic organizing skills while advocating for their community’s voting and civil rights. Vote Everywhere Ambassadors receive training on leadership, voter engagement, community organizing and campaigning for the purpose of influencing the larger community on their respective campuses. Once Ambassadors enter their final year in the program, they train their replacements to continue the leadership pipeline and preserve institutional memory.

Voting is Just the Beginning: Because voting is seen as the first step in the civic engagement process, many organizations seek to register voters. But Vote Everywhere goes beyond voter registration. Our students become campus organizers who form coalitions with other campus groups and take action alongside their peers to awaken and deepen a lifelong commitment to participatory democracy.

Centralization of Campus Efforts: Our partners recognize the power of our program model. At most campuses, the institution tasks our Ambassadors and staff advisor with organizing and coordinating all voter engagement groups and committees on campus. AGF Ambassadors ensure an effective use of resources because they’re trained, experienced, and tactical.

[1] In 2015, the Tufts University Institute for Higher Education and Democracy released an action guide reiterating the importance of a programmatic structure like that used by The AGF. The AGF unites key stakeholders and maintains a constant relationship with students.

The program is called Vote Everywhere. Is it just about voting?

No. We believe that voting is a fundamental expression of our role as global citizens, and that all forms of social action can be seen as a form of voting. Every day, the decisions we make reflect the type of society we want to live in.

Why is voter registration important on college campuses?

Voting is the gateway to civic engagement, but the many barriers to voting inhibit student participation. And these barriers are multiplying. We define a barrier as any issue, law, or procedure that inhibits, in some way, voter registration and/or the actual act of voting. As a mobile and transient population, students face unique challenges when registering, voting, and participating in democracy. This is because our nation’s political and voter engagement framework is designed for an average citizen: stationary with traditional documentation and living arrangements.

College students lack information on how to successfully vote, they have no place to get involved on campus, and they sometimes face outright opposition to electoral engagement from local officials and residents. Vote Everywhere is providing thousands of students with the information and skills necessary to effectively engage in the political process.

What do AGF Ambassadors do during the year?

Ambassadors register voters, organize their campus, form coalitions, and take actions alongside their peers. With our training and ongoing support, Ambassadors lead, develop, and amplify impactful and independent community-oriented projects across the nation. Our students research and disseminate information that makes voting easier, find creative solutions to voting problems imposed by state law, and they concurrently lead advocacy campaigns that are the product of careful thought, targeted research, and strategic planning.

Generally, our students lead voter engagement and outreach initiatives in the fall, and public policy or social justice campaigns in the spring. Here’s a sample timeline:

  • August: Team Leaders attend AGF’s National Training Institute, where they train and strategize for the coming academic year.
  • August/September: Ambassadors register first-years during student orientation, registering hundreds of students in a short period of time.
  • September: Ambassadors continue registering voters and begin hosting campus events to inspire, educate, and mobilize their peers.
  • October: Ambassadors host a week-long voter registration blitz prior to their state’s voter registration deadline.
  • November: Ambassadors disseminate information about polling locations, and engage in get out the vote activities that are tailored to their campus.
  • Election Day: Ambassadors serve as a go-to resource for voter information. At some schools, Ambassadors organize polling place shuttles and volunteer as poll monitors.
  • December: Ambassadors begin thinking about campaigns to lead in the spring.
  • January: Ambassadors receive training on organizing. They learn about choosing a winnable issue, and the importance of planning and research prior to the launch of a campaign.
  • February: Ambassadors finalize their formal campaign proposals with the help of AGF staff, and begin to carry out their targeted issue-based campaigns.
  • April/May: With their campaigns underway, Ambassadors begin planning for the next academic year to ensure a smooth transition.

Why do students lead policy/advocacy campaigns in the spring?

Grassroots organizing is key to community empowerment, that is why our students lead an advocacy campaign of their choosing during the academic year. Given the electoral timeline, with major elections occurring in November, most of our students choose to lead a campaign during the spring semester. To accommodate this timeline, we focus our campaign development training in January and February. Ambassador-led campaigns fall into three broad categories: public policy campaigns, social justice initiatives, or voting policy projects.

Who makes student Ambassador hiring decisions?

Universities make student Ambassador hiring decisions. The Campus Champion selects students who participate in the program. If necessary, AGF staff will assist and advise during the selection process.

Who usually serves as a Campus Champion?

AGF’s partnership agreement must be signed by a President, Vice President, Dean, or Director. Each campus partner then appoints a Campus Champion, a staff or faculty member who oversees the student Ambassadors and the program on campus. Campus Champions are committed to increasing student civic engagement, and they work in various offices or departments:

  • Bard College: Erin Cannan; VP Student Affairs and Deputy Director, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Elon University: Bob Frigo; Associate Director, Center for Service Learning
  • LSU: Len Apcar; Wendell Gray Switzer Endowed Chair in Media Literacy
  • Stony Brook University: Ellen Driscoll; Assistant Dean of Students
  • Simpson College: Seth Andersen; Director, Public Policy Center

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