National, statewide, and local nonprofits play a vital role within the SLSV Coalition. Local and statewide nonprofit leaders intimately understand their communities and the needs of student and non-student voters where they live and work. In many cases, they serve as direct links to campus leaders, either in partnership with or in the absence of existing campus relationships.
Many of our national partners lead programming with us, provide legal, policy, and communications guidance across the student voting ecosystem and are the heartbeat behind our working groups – where much of the SLSV Coalition’s collaborative work gets done!
Nonprofit partners may also receive funding from the SLSV Coalition’s Subgrant Fund to support voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization of college students with a focus on coaching and supporting minority-serving institutions and community colleges.
SLSV Coalition partners commit to promoting the SLSV Checklist, a four step process for institutionalizing student voting engagement for the long-term. We start with a simple premise grounded in trust instead of transactional in nature: local leaders who know their campus best, who are committed to their specific place, and who have access to local social networks are best positioned and most culturally equipped to drive dramatic and sustainable increases in voter participation, learning, and growth over time.
Ensure a campus vote coordinator is appointed by a respected campus leader to lead your student democratic engagement programs. Are you the one leading your campus efforts?
Then the campus vote coordinator is you!
Before you begin, get in touch with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and/or the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project for free, nonpartisan coaching support as you begin your student voter engagement journey.
Do you know your campus’ registration and voting rates?
This data is super important to understand as you begin to craft your voter engagement plan.
You can access this data through the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), a free service from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, an applied research center at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University that offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn more about their student registration and voting rates.
Once you’ve chosen a campus leader, the next step is pulling together a diverse team of people on campus to help you implement your voter engagement efforts.
The most successful campus coalitions include representatives from student affairs, academic affairs, government relations, student leadership, local nonprofits, and local election officials.
Once you have built a diverse coalition and analyzed your student voting data, you are ready to strategically plan and embed voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization on your campus!
We encourage campuses to join and submit their democratic engagement actions plans to a coaching and awards program like the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge or the Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA’s Voter Friendly Designation program. We also highly recommend evaluating your plan and implementation after the election and building on your efforts for the next year!
The #VoteReady Mobilizations are meant to be entryways to your relational and community outreach. The Mobilizations provide support, resources and community as you celebrate civic holidays.
The Mobilizations are broken down into 3 components – registration, education, and turnout. Sign up for and participate in all three as a part of a well-rounded voter engagement strategy, and encourage the campuses you work with to sign up for the mobilizations also.
The Coalition has different subcommittees that help implement our collective model of institutionalized democratic engagement on college campuses.
To participate in the SLSV Coalition’s Subcommittees, you must be a Coalition Partner. Click here to join the Coalition.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT WORKING GROUP
The Resources & Support (R&S) Working Group is a space where Coalition partners ideate on ways to advance the SLSV Checklist on all campuses; support existing SLSV Coalition partners in any outreach efforts that align with the SLSV Coalition mission and goals; and share best practices, projects, and resources across the Coalition.
The Speakers Bureau is a space where partners coordinate all interested members and their base to submit high quality, collaborative proposals around civic learning and voter engagement, support state and regional democracy summit organizing, and connect convening organizers who need speakers or facilitators for their programming.
YOUTH VOTING RIGHTS WORKING GROUP
The Youth Voting Rights Subcommittee helps partners expand access to youth voting through policy, provide critical information about youth voting, and share tools and resources for advocates to be successful in their efforts to expand young people’s access to the ballot. Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project is the leader of the Youth Voting Rights Working Group.
STUDENT ELECTION WORKER RECRUITMENT WORKING GROUP
Polling locations are powered by people in our communities. Misinformation, fears around COVID, confusion around polling locations, and more, are driving down the already inadequate numbers of people raising their hand to become local poll workers. Students and young people will be critical to our election infrastructure this year. As part of our partnership with Power the Polls, the SLSV Coalition is convening a working group to help coordinate efforts to safely recruit students to be election workers, share best practices, and develop messaging.
CENSUS WORKING GROUP
The Census Working Group is a space where partners can coordinate with stakeholders and campuses from all over the country to ensure a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census, provide a space to share best practices and information about the Census and Census organizing, and share resources campuses and nonprofits can use to support their communities in filling out the Census.
SLSV BOOK CLUB
The SLSV Book Club is a space for Coalition partners to read democracy-related books, learn together, and get to know other Coalition members.