#STUDENTVOTE STARTER PACK

Fresh Faculty Felicia

Hi there! I’m Felicia. I have a role to play in making sure all of my students know how to vote and be more democratically engaged. My curriculum is pretty tight and I’m looking for easy ways to get myself and my students more involved.

ABOUT ME

I am looking for more classroom resources and community spaces to engage with my peers. I really care about this work, even if it doesn’t necessarily relate directly to my job or career advancement as a professor. 

You might relate to me if you are a faculty member on a college or university campus and you are focused on how to get your peers and students more involved. I’m not necessarily institutionalizing voter engagement…yet! (Check out my friend, New Campus Staff Nadia, if you are!).

Completely understandable, Felicia. Here are some helpful things to do to get started.

Research what is possibly happening on your campus already!

There may be other students, staff or faculty on your campus who are also working to increase voting and democratic engagement. 

If your campus has enrolled in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in the past, you can use the student voting data to understand your campus’ voting landscape better. 

A good place to start is the ALL IN Campus Democracy Chaellege’s website to see if your campus is part of the Challenge and if it has a public campus action plan and/or a public NSLVE report. 

Read about research and recommendations to help inform your work!

APSA’s Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines evaluates the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum, highlighting best practices across disciplines and campuses.

IDHE’s Election Imperatives reports share research recommendations for what campuses can do to institutionalize student political learning on campus.

The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement’s A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future is the founding text that documents the nation’s civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields as well as hands-on civic problem-solving across differences.

The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change which is a companion piece to “A Crucible Moment” that describes how the components — civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency — are actualized on campuses and outside of the campus community. 

Check out these classroom integration resources!

Scholar Strategy Network’s Faculty Guide to Student Voting in the Classroom is a faculty guide to bring voter registration, education and voter turnout information directly into the classroom.

Project Pericles’ Course Syllabi provide examples of how faculty members are incorporating civic engagement into a wide variety of disciplines in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Project Pericles’ Voting Modules are a set of curricular resources for faculty, across all disciplines, who are interested in incorporating nonpartisan voter education into the curriculum.

Ask Every Student Canvas Module is a template to create a module for your campus’ learning management system (LMS). The module can function as a one-stop-shop for students to access information and support for participating in the voting and democratic engagement processes.

IDHE’s Making Sense of Guides periodically releases short discussion guides, called “Making Sense of…”  These short pieces are meant 1) as a way to quickly become acquainted with an issue, 2) see what people are reading on the topic, and 3) as a way to begin a conversation, using some discussion-framing questions. You can check these out by following the link and filtering by resource type.

Educate yourself on the voting laws and rules in your state!

Partner with your local election officials! Nobody knows your local voting laws and rules better and they are an essential partnership for doing this work!

Check out the Campus Vote Project’s Student Voting Guides. You can keep this handy to learn more about the voting laws in your state, but they are also helpful if you need to reference another state for your fellow students who come from out-of-state. 

Want to dive deeper on resources? Go to the SLSV Coalition Resource Library and use filters to find what you’re looking for. 

You don’t need to do this alone. Check out some of these SLSV Partners who can help you!

Connect and organize with other faculty members!

Join the Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights.

Look deeply into your campus community to find others who may be interested in your efforts like your Faculty Senate and/or faculty representation organizations

These organizations support faculty members who are interested in democratic engagement: 

Check out this navigation tool that shows what nonprofit organizations may be working on your campus, and who else in your area may be doing similar work. Use filters to find the right partners for you!

Thanks, but I have more questions!

Check out the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Science Rising initiative! They are a nationwide nonpartisan movement fighting for science, justice, and equity in our democracy. They support and inspire the scientific and academic community, especially students in STEM fields, to engage with their local communities and participate in our democracy.

  • Project Pericles occasionally provides mini-grants to integrate their voting modules in the classroom. You can learn more here!
  • Join the SLSV Coalition’s listserv! We are always pushing out funding opportunities from the network when they become available. Examples of funding opportunities we have offered or highlighted in the past were one-time grants, implementation grants, Civic Holiday Campus Takeover Grants, and rapid response grants. To join the SLSV Coalition, sign up for an informational here!

Having conversations about controversial issues is one of the most vital aspects of civic and political learning, and should be encouraged! Check out this resource from IDHE on how to navigate how to facilitate these conversations on your campus. 

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Feel free to email us at info@slsvcoalition.org and we are happy to assist!