NATIONAL STUDENT VOTE SUMMIT

Join us for the 2023 National Student Vote Summit!

On November 15-17, the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition’s annual National Student Vote Summit will bring together nonprofit organizations, campus staff, administrators, faculty members, philanthropic partners, and students to build connections across the nonpartisan student democratic engagement space, share lessons learned, provide training and resources, and create a shared momentum and energy towards our collective goals going into 2024.

Thanks to our host-partners at the University of Maryland, College Park, we will be gathering in-person for the first time since 2019. In addition to providing the space for our summit, we’re collaborating with UMD’s Maryland Democracy Initiative and TerpsVote to bring a dynamic setting and forward-thinking programming to help all Summit participants prepare for 2024. We cannot wait to experience the connections and learning we’ll accomplish together!

Registration Cost

The cost to attend the SLSV Coalition’s 2023 National Student Vote Summit is:

  • $150 for nonprofit professionals, philanthropic partners, election officials and campus professionals
  • $75 for students

Registration for the 2023 National Student Vote Summit is closed.

FAQ

By joining the SLSV Coalition’s 2023 National Student Vote Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to network and learn from #StudentVote leaders and experts from across the country. Together we’ll explore strategies that were effective in 2023, which strategies worked best to help campuses stay engaged between federal elections, what challenges arose throughout the year, and how we can become even more effective in the future.

You’ll also have opportunities to participate in trainings on resources and innovative strategies to ask every student to participate in the democratic process, and receive support to ensure your civic engagement programming and efforts center diversity, equity and inclusion in an intentional and effective way. 

The registration cost covers access to all sessions, including keynote sessions, trainings, panels, and plenaries. It also includes appetizers for an evening reception on November 15, appetizers for a November 16 evening social, and both breakfast and lunch on November 16 and 17. 

We know that many leaders need to acquire funding for attending the summit. We’ve put together these letters to share with your student government, supervisor, budget coordinator, or campus administration demonstrating the importance of attending the National Student Vote Summit. 

Anyone who is interested in advancing the #StudentVote are welcome. That includes students, campus faculty and admin, nonprofit professionals, philanthropic partners, election officials and more!

Wednesday, November 15, 6-8pm ET

Our Opening Night Reception will be held in Washington D.C. Please register to receive the address.

Join the SLSV Coalition and ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for a joint reception and happy hour honoring the 2023 ALL IN Award recipients and welcoming all Summit attendees. 

Thursday, November 16, 8am – 7:30pm ET
Friday, November 17, 9am – 1:30pm ET

The majority of programming will be held at the University of Maryland’s Stamp Student Union.

Stamp Student Union  
3792 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742

The closest hotel is The Hotel at The University of Maryland, which is located at 7777 Baltimore Ave. College Park, MD 20740.

On campus parking is limited but available for summit participants at the cost of $15 a day. The nearest parking is located at the Union Lane Garage and Regents Drive Garage, and UMD and SLSV team members will be available to help you find parking and navigate the UMD campus. Learn more about the parking passes and how to buy one.

If you are able, we recommend leaving your vehicle at the hotel and taking a taxi, uber or lyft to the summit as that might save you time and money. 

DC Metro Green line

The College Park Metro Station is on the DC Metro Green line, and is located about a 15-minute walk to campus and a 30-minute walk to Stamp Student Union. 

Metro riders can catch the UM Shuttle #104 from the College Park Metro Station to the Regents Drive Garage, which is an 8 minute walk to Stamp Student Union. 

  • You can find more information about the Washington, DC Metro here
  • You can find more information about the University of Maryland’s Shuttle service here, and download an app with real-time arrival information here

 

MARC – Camden line

The College Park Commuter Rail Station is on the MARC – Camden line, and is located right next to the College Park Metro Station. 

Arrival: Attendees coming from Washington, DC can catch direct trains to College Park from Union Station at 7:40am or 8:00am on the MARC – Camden line. 

Departure: Trains returning to Union Station depart from College Park at 6:00pm and 7:00pm. 

  • You can find more information about the University of Maryland’s Shuttle service here, and download an app with real-time arrival information here

If you have more questions about the SLSV Coalition’s 2023 National Student Vote Summit, email Bianca Rosales at bianca@slsvcoalition.org.

National Student Vote Summit Agenda

Wednesday, November 15th

6 – 8 pm

2023 National Student Vote Summit Opening Night Reception

Join the SLSV Coalition and ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for a joint reception and happy hour honoring the 2023 ALL IN Award recipients and welcoming all Summit attendees. Featuring remarks from Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Jamie Raskin proudly represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes most of Montgomery County and a small part of Prince George’s County. Congressman Raskin was sworn into his fourth Term at the start of the 118th Congress on January 6, 2023.

Rep. Raskin was chosen by the Democratic Caucus to be the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability in the 118th Congress. This is his fourth term serving on the Oversight Committee.

Previously Rep. Raskin served three terms on the House Judiciary Committee and the Committee on House Administration. He served two terms on the Rules Committee and the Coronavirus Select Subcommittee. During the 117th Congress he served as Chair of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Chair of the Rules Subcommittee on Expedited Procedure. Rep. Raskin was the lead impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump and served on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Prior to his time in Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland, where he also served as the Senate Majority Whip. He earned a reputation for building coalitions in Annapolis to deliver a series of landmark legislative accomplishments, including marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty, passage of the first Benefit Corporation law in America and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He was also a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law for more than 25 years. He has authored several books, including the Washington Post best-seller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People, the highly-acclaimed We the Students: Supreme Court Cases For and About America’s Students, and the New York Times #1 best-seller Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy.

Congressman Raskin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and is a former editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Thursday, November 16th

8 – 9 am

Breakfast & Registration

Get checked-in and fuel up on breakfast ahead of the exciting programming we have planned for the day!

9 – 10:20 am

Opening Plenary: The Power of Collaboration

It’s time to kick off the 2023 National Student Vote Summit! Start connecting with #StudentVote leaders and experts from around the country as we set the tone for the next two days of learning, networking, and gearing up for the year ahead. During this opening hour, r leading experts will discuss the power and strategy behind successful coalitions, and how they can be a launchpad for our movement to grow the student vote in 2024 and beyond! The plenary will begin with a presentation from Kristine Lu, a postdoctoral research fellow at the SNF Agora Institute’s P3 Lab at Johns Hopkins University, followed by an interactive panel featuring five national leaders in nonpartisan voter engagement.

Presenters:
Kristine Lu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: P3 Lab, SNF Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins
Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kristine is a learning scientist, civic technologist, and design researcher who researches and designs community-based civic learning environments, with a focus on sociotechnical systems for civic organizing, democratic deliberation, and participatory politics. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the P3 Lab at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and earned her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. At the P3 Lab, she co-leads engaged research projects with a variety of organizing partners working in coalition to build people power to advance racial and social justice and democratic agency.

Sophie Schwartz

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Emerson Collective; Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative
Role: Analyst; Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Schwartz, born and raised in South Dakota, is Mnicoujou Lakota and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Sophie currently resides in Washington D.C., where she serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative and works as an Analyst on the Political team at the Emerson Collective. She is an MPP candidate at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a graduate of Fort Lewis College (FLC) with BAs in Philosophy and Political Science. Sophie previously worked as the Program Developer for FLC’s Engagement Collaborative where her areas of focus included building out inclusive civic engagement programming, creating student-centered infrastructure within the Collaborative, and conducting research on deliberative democracy to inform best practices. She has also worked with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, collaborating with Cultural Interpreters to lead virtual school field trips for students and curating programming that provides accurate messaging and storytelling around Indigenous history and experiences. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys playing pool at her local pool hall.

Ben Hovland

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Role: Commissioner

Ben Hovland was confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on January 2, 2019 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). In 2020, Commissioner Hovland served as EAC Chairman and helped lead the agency during an election year with unprecedented challenges. Under his leadership, the EAC administered nearly $825 million in federal grant money to help election officials respond to the pandemic and enhance election security. During his time as chair, the agency launched National Poll Worker Recruitment Day to address the shortage in poll workers due to the pandemic and the EAC adopted a new version of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). Prior to joining the EAC he served as Acting Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and earlier in his career, was the Deputy General Counsel for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.

Wisdom Cole

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: NAACP
Role: National Director, Youth & College

Wisdom O. Cole is the National Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. In this role, he serves more than 700 youth councils, high school chapters, and college chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights. Wisdom brings extensive experience in civil rights advocacy training institute, electoral action training, grassroots organizing, issues toolkits, and webinars at the local, state, and national level. He has managed national campaign efforts focused on building Black political power through youth leadership development, advocacy, and direct action organizing for the past 5 years with the NAACP.

Britah Odondi

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Scholars Strategy Network
Role: Senior Voting & Election Policy Associate

Britah Odondi is the Senior Voting & Election Policy Associate at the Scholars Strategy Network. In her role she works to empower scholars to encourage their institutions to adopt best practices for civic engagement, connects scholars of democracy with policy stakeholders and manages SSN’s Election Enhancement and Protection Program. With a rich and diverse background spanning across higher education, political campaigns, and the legal sector, Britah’s passion for cultivating a more accessible, equitable, and resilient democracy is evident in every facet of her work.

Purvi Patel

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: University of Chicago, Institute of Politics
Role: Director of Civic Engagement

Purvi serves as the University of Chicago Institute of Politics as the Director of Civic and Campus Engagement. In this role, she advises the IOP’s Civic Engagement student leadership, builds relationships with community partners, and works on civic engagement program development and strategy. Previously, Purvi was an administrator in diversity and student life at Washington University in St. Louis, Loyola University Maryland, and Oberlin College. Purvi is from Dallas, Texas and graduated with a B.A. in History from Loyola University Chicago, and a M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

10:30 – 11:20 am

Breakout Session: Building Inclusive Campus Voting Coalitions to Ask Every Student

In this session, attendees will create concrete plans to build or expand their campus voting coalition to have inclusive, collaborative, powerful coalitions for 2024. Whether you have a longstanding coalition or are starting one from scratch, join this session to hear best practices, discuss with peer leaders, and workshop tangible steps you can take towards creating or strengthening your campus community’s student voting coalition, based on the Ask Every Student initiative’s Coalition Building Curriculum.

Presenters:

Samantha Giffen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Salem State University
Role: Assistant Director, Berry Institute of Politics

Samantha Giffen is a student affairs professional with a mission to empower students with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to be change-makers in their communities. As the Assistant Director for the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics at Salem State University, she leads all of Salem State’s political programming including their Vikings Vote initiative, hosting political speakers and dialogues, coordinating an alternative spring break trip to the Massachusetts State House, and leading a variety of other programs to support students with career interests in politics & public service. Prior to this, Samantha worked as a Campus Organizer for the Student PIRGs where she mobilized college students to run effective campaigns on a plethora of public interest issues. Samantha was also recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters Massachusetts where she Co-Chairs the Voter Engagement Committee. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time outside hiking or walking her dog Tesla.

Chuck Black

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: Campus Vote Project
Role: Regional Manager

Organizer. Educator. Doctoral Student. Proud Philadelphian. Person who stutters.

Monica Clarke

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Alabama A&M University
Role: Service Coordinator/English Faculty/Civic Team Champion

Ms. Clarke is a professor of English Composition and Freshman Orientation; Service and Learning Communities Coordinator, Volunteer, and Community Service Coordinator; Chair of The Alabama A&M Civic Engagement Team and Bonner Program Director. She has graciously served at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) for fifteen years. Ms. Clarke has served more than thirty years in education, her career in teaching has ranged from elementary school, Middle School, high school, community college to university levels. Ms. Clarke holds a Masters of Education Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Masters of Arts in English Degree from Alabama A&M University, a Certificate of Spanish Education from Cemanahuac Spanish School in Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico; and a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. In her capacity as Service and Learning Coordinator, Ms. Clarke has written, awarded and directs both federal and foundation grants exceeding over $500.000.00. She works closely with the city, county and state leaders in order to implement programs on campus and within the community. Ms Clarke organizes thousands of students, faculty, staff, and community members yearly for city-wide “Day of Service.” Ms. Clarke is responsible for training and overseeing all service-learning, volunteerism, community service, civic engagement, and the Bulldog Pantry, that serves free food and personal hygiene items to all students. Ms. Clarke has a passion for service, she spent six months volunteering throughout Mexico, mainly focusing on the most critical need areas of the country. She works tirelessly in service in, around her career and her personal life. Presently, Ms. Clarke serves as a board member for the American Red Cross, where she was named the HERO of the Year and currently serves as Chair of Diversity and Inclusion. She served as a Board member for Christmas Charities Year Around, North Alabama Disability Resource Network, and The Patricia Haley Foundation. She also served nationally with the Student Learn Student Vote (SLSV) as a Board member. Ms. Clarke currently serves as a national fellow with SLSV where she works with HBCU campus around the country. Ms. Clarke assist HBCU’s with building partnerships on campuses, in communities, and with local, state, and national partners. In addition, she assists with best practices, mobilizing voters, writing a campus-wide action plan, and locating resources. Ms Clarke is dedicated to civic engagement and activism. She was instrumental in increasing the student vote at AAMU from 43.9% to 61%. That year, Ms. Clarke received the Administrator of the Year Award from the national organization Student Learn Student Vote (SLSV). After receiving an invite from Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight, Ms. Clarke traveled to Washington DC to speak to congress regarding voting rights of college students at AAMU. Ms Clarke served on the National Advisory Board for SLSV and she is a foundering member of Alabama’s Post-Secondary Alliance for Community Engagement (PACE). Ms Clarke has received many special awards and accolades surrounding voter engagement, voter registration, civic engagement, phone banking, and voter mobilization, Ms. Clarke is a faithful member of Saint Luke Christian Church. Ms. Monica Clarke is a proud grandmother of two beautiful girls who takes up all my free time.

10:30 – 11:20 am

Breakout Session: Bringing Election Day Energy to the Primaries

This session aims to empower campus leaders with the knowledge and tools to engage students in the often-overlooked primary elections. Attendees will explore the different types of primaries held by states and the legal requirements that students need to know about. Common myths about young voters and participating in primaries will also be debunked. A panel discussion will offer strategies for building momentum from primaries to the presidential election, with a focus on inclusion and actionable steps for 2024.

Presenters:
Steven Adelson

Pronouns: He/Them/Theirs
Organization/Campus: CivicTN
Role: Program Director

Steven Adelson (they/them & he/him) is the Program Director at CivicTN. Steven supports CivicTN’s over 40 coalition partners to develop and implement their civic and voter engagement strategies to reach and empower millions of Tennessean voters who have been historically disenfranchised. Prior to joining CivcTN, Steven was the National Manager of Redistricting Fellows at Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and the inaugural Coordinator of the Center for Civic Justice at Stony Brook University. Steven has worked closely with partner organizations at local, state and national levels to strategically increase capacity for long-term voter engagement efforts.

Valencia Richardson

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Campaign Legal Center
Role: Legal Counsel, Voting Rights

Prior to joining CLC, Valencia was a voting rights organizer and activist. Before law school, Valencia was a Fulbright grantee to Mexico and a student voting rights organizer for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, for which she served as a board member. She is the author of a nonfiction book, “Young and Disaffected,” and published “Voting While Poor: Reviving the Twenty-Fourth Amendment and Eliminating the Modern-Day Poll Tax” in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Valencia has litigated various voting rights cases in state and federal court, including Pascua Yaqui v. Rodriguez, Pettaway v. Galveston County, as well as Aguilar v. Yakima County, the first case litigated under the Washington Voting Rights Act. Valencia is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2020) and Louisiana State University (B.A., 2016). She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Louisiana and the Western District of Louisiana. Valencia Richardson joined CLC in August 2020 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Stine Odegard

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Role: Administrator

Stine Odegard has worked in higher education in a number of arenas, including residential life, service programming, alternative break trips and most recently leadership development and democratic engagement. Her interests include developing leadership self-efficacy and motivation in students– helping themselves see their vital roles in transforming their communities to be more equitable and inclusive. Through direct service, exploring their identity, and learning more about political and other change processes, the hope and goal is to get students to become lifelong engaged change agents.

Grace Wilder

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Democracy Works
Role: Partnerships Program Associate

Grace is a passionate advocate for civic engagement and accessibility, infused with a love for all things tech. With a degree in English Literature & Language from the University of Minnesota, Grace possesses a knack for impactful public communications that resonate. Her commitment to driving positive change earned her the Woodside Community Changemaker Award while completing the Nonprofit Leadership & Management Certificate program at Arizona State University. Grace has a strong focus on empowering underserved communities–co-founding two nonprofits dedicated to this work, she is deeply invested in making a difference. At Democracy Works, Grace channels her passion for civic engagement by supporting campuses, nonprofits, and businesses to effectively utilize tools like TurboVote to best serve voters.

10:30 – 11:20 am

Breakout Session: Voter ID Laws and their Impact on Students in the 2024 Elections and Beyond

Many states have been passing new or stricter voter ID laws since 2020, with 38 states having ID laws in effect heading into 2024. These laws have important implications for voters–and particularly for young people and students–that may prevent them from accessing the polls.

The University of Maryland’s Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement (CDCE), VoteRiders, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU have come together to conduct an updated study on voter ID access in America today against the backdrop of an unprecedented wave of new and stricter ID laws. CDCE will share results from the latest round of research on ID access and, in particular, share findings related to the student vote. VoteRiders will share strategies and an overview of its free ID-focused tools and services that are available to students and partner organizations to help overcome increasing barriers to the ballot box.

Presenters:
Selene Gomez

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: VoteRiders
Role: National Outreach Director

Selene M. Gomez, MPA, serves as VoteRiders’ National Outreach Director, having previously served as the organization’s Texas Voter ID Coalition Coordinator and National Volunteer Manager. For four years prior to her joining VoteRiders, Selene worked with Mi Familia Vota Education Fund to increase Latinx voter turnout through voter registration and education, citizenship programs, and GOTV campaigns. Previously, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in one of the most competitive districts in the nation. Her prior ten-year experience in nonprofits include working with The League of Women Voters as a member, Youth Transitioning into Adulthood as a board member, San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement as the Director of External Affairs, Texas DREAM Alliance as the coordinator, Council for Minority Student Affairs as founder and president, United We Dream as a field organizer, and Workers Defense Project as a fellow. Selene obtained her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M – College Station and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas – San Antonio.

Sam Novey

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: University of Maryland Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement
Role: Chief Strategist

Sam Novey is Chief Strategist at the University of Maryland Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement. He is a co-founder of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, Maryland Civic Education Coalition, and Baltimore Votes Coalition among other civic initiatives. He also serves as a Secretary of the Baltimore City Board of Elections and is a member of the Baltimore City Fair Election Fund Commission.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Breakout Session: Fostering Habits of Civic Participation by Asking Every Student

Finding ways to engage all students in the electoral process can be a complex and cumbersome undertaking for many higher education stakeholders. To ease this burden, faculty, staff, students, and members of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition have been working together to create a set of data-driven and practice inspired resources known as the Ask Every Student (AES) Toolkit. During the session, participants will learn with scholars and practitioners as they share their unique approaches to ask every student to vote.

Presenters:
Stephanie King

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Civic Nation
Role: Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Stephanie King is the senior director of strategic initiatives for the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. She previously held the role of director for civic engagement and knowledge community initiatives at NASPA where she directed the NASPA LEAD Initiative and co-managed/co-created the Voter Friendly Campus program. King has worked in higher education since 2009 in the areas of student activities, orientation, residence life, and civic learning and democratic engagement. She earned her MA in psychology at Chatham University and her BS in biology from Walsh University. She has contributed to a few publications including Effective Strategies for Supporting Student Civic Engagement (May 2018) and Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change (June 2018). King also serves as an Election Clerk for the Town of Dedham in Massachusetts.

Tim Bynion

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus:George Mason University
Role: PhD Candidate

Tim Bynion is PhD candidate in Political Science in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His main area of research is American politics, with specific interests in legislative politics and voting behavior. In addition to his dissertation studying party disloyalty among members of Congress, he is currently engaged in a campus-wide research project investigating the most effective means by which to increase student voter turnout in a low salience election. Before his graduate studies at George Mason, he earned a B.S. in Political Science from Towson University.

Diane McMahon

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Allegany College of Maryland
Role: Faculty Director, College to Community Partnership

Dr. McMahon is a professor of sociology at Allegany College of Maryland, where she also works as the faculty director of the College to Community Partnership Center. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. McMahon was the director of a peace and justice center in Pittsburgh, PA.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Breakout Session: Collaborating for Greater Impact: Local Election Officials and College Campuses

Over the last few years, we’ve seen that a collaborative working relationship between local election officials and campus representatives helps both of these parties in their work – making it easier for students to vote, reducing administrative headaches for election officials, and providing beneficial student leadership opportunities through internships and as poll workers. While both of these parties may face similar issues of underfunding, both are deeply aligned as strong nonpartisan institutions and have unique resources to support each other. Join us as we dive into the most effective ways to strengthen these mutually beneficial relationships as you build out your campus civic engagement action plan ahead of 2024.

Presenters:
Ryan Drysdale

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Civic Nation
Role: Director

Ryan Drysdale is the director of impact and state networks for the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation and has over 13 years of experience in community and civic engagement in the U.S. and abroad.

Marissa Corrente

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: District of Columbia Board of Elections 
Role: Registrar of Voters

Marissa Corrente currently serves as the District of Columbia Board of Elections’ Registrar of Voters. She brings a unique perspective to the student voting space having worked previously at Rollins College in Central Florida coordinating campus-wide civic engagement efforts, the Orange County, Florida Supervisor of Elections where she managed early voting for the county, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition where she served as the Deputy Director.

Bonnie Chang

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: City of Madison, Wisconsin
Role: Voter Outreach Coordinator

My primary responsibility is to lower longstanding barriers that have historically silenced marginalized voices and to create space for all voters to actively participate in our democratic process. Through coalition building that spans middle schools, high schools, community colleges, private colleges, and our flagship state university, I work on fostering civic engagement from the ground up, recognizing the seeds of active participation should be sown early in one’s educational journey. As the voter outreach coordinator, I work on ensuring every voice, regardless of background or circumstance, has a chance to be heard and make a meaningful impact on the future of Madison.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Breakout Session: History of Youth Voter Suppression

Members of the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project will discuss the constitutional context and history of the electoral college and U.S. Congress, how they have changed over time, and how the distribution of political representation by geographic and by population interact in our electoral systems. This historical context will frame up a conversation about how these systems will impact elections for President and Congress in 2024 as well as strategies to help communities and potential voters understand how we can change these systems in the future, if folks get engaged.

Presenters:

Mike Burns

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: Campus Vote Project
Role: Director

Michael Burns is the National Director for Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project. He spent over five years working in electoral politics prior to law school. During law school Mike was enrolled in CUA’s Law and Public Policy Certificate program and was awarded a Dulin-Haynes fellowship upon completion. Mike has worked with various kinds of institutions of higher education from across the country for the last 10 years to help them understand the effects different election administration systems have on their campus community and how they can help their students register and vote. He has a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and a B.S. in political science with a minor in history from Longwood University. He is a member of the Virginia Bar.

Naomi Barbour

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Campus Vote Project
Role: National Programming Intern

Naomi Barbour is a Junior at Eastern Michigan University and a National Programming Intern with Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project. She has extensive experience serving students on campus with election information and educational programming including founding and presiding over several campus clubs and civic engagement initiatives.

12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch

We’ll eat lunch together, provided by the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition!

1:40 – 2:30 pm

Breakout Session: Messaging for Action: How Communications Strategies Can Impact Student Voters in 2024

For the upcoming presidential election, communications strategies will have to shift from spreading awareness to empowering student voters to take ownership of their democracy. Listen and ask questions at this interactive panel of four #StudentVote communications experts as they discuss the challenges, nuances, and potential of messaging strategies aimed at mobilizing a uniquely engaged generation of voters and potential voters.

Presenters:
Jonathan Voss

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: Lake Research Partners
Role: Partner

Jonathan Voss is a Partner at Lake Research Partners. He is an expert in helping clients develop strategy and effectively communicate to move audiences in support of key issues including protecting the environment for future generations, ensuring every child has a quality public education no matter the zip code they live in, and restoring the balance in our economy so that working people can sustain a family no matter what they look like or where they come from. Jonathan’s clients include ACLU, AFT, Center for Community Change, Demos, ecoAmerica, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NEA, New America Foundation, The Opportunity Agenda, SEIU, UnidosUS, and The Wilderness Society. Originally from Orange County, New York, Jonathan started working on political campaigns after college in New York City and around the country. He has a master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and has a bachelor’s degree in politics from NYU. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two kids.

Derrick Lewis

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: NAACP
Role: Field Manager

Derrick Lewis II serves as the Field Manager of the NAACP Youth & College Division. In this role, he serves and supports more than 700 NAACP Youth & College units actively involved in the fight for civil rights across the country. Derrick brings 8 years of experience in grassroots organizing and training on a state and local level as both a member, leader, and national staff. Derrick has increased unit capacity across the country with 212 newly chartered and reactivated NAACP units during his time in the Youth & College Division. He has also worked on increasing voter registration and turnout for Black youth and campaigns around key issue areas such as gun violence and police accountability. Derrick is committed to building Black political power through youth leadership development, advocacy, and direct action.

With his organizing efforts, Derrick has his own proclaimed day in Austin, Texas known as, “Derrick Lewis II Day”. In 2019, he was recognized by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce as Advocate of the Year.

Derrick is from La Marque, Texas a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and earned his B.A. in Kinesiology Human performance, with a minor in psychology from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Daniela Mrabti

Role: Digital Strategist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Daniela is a DC transplant from Oregon, where she grew up and attended school. She began working in the civic space in 2016 with the Alliance for Youth Action to lead the partnership efforts for National Voter Registration Day. Since then, she has taken on many roles until she found her home in digital communications. In her most recent position Daniela led the organization’s digital strategy, social media program, digital ads program, digital advocacy work, and trained youth-led organizations across the country on communications. Daniela has also led key programs supporting students, like Campus Takeover and Dreams Not Debt. When she is not building youth power, you can find her managing her local farmers market, hiking in the mountains, or tap dancing around the DMV.

Abby Kiesa

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus:CIRCLE, Tufts’ Tisch College of Civic Life
Role: Deputy Director

Abby Kiesa (she/her) serves as Deputy Director of CIRCLE, a premier research institute on youth civic engagement in the United States which focuses on closing systemic inequities in youth access to civic learning and engagement in the US. While at CIRCLE, Abby has led the organization’s initiatives related to elections, created a research area around the intersections of youth, media and democracy, and spearheaded efforts to ensure a two-way conversation between research and practice. CIRCLE is a part of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life.

Rachel Janfaza

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus:The Up and Up
Role: Journalist covering youth political culture

Rachel Janfaza is a journalist covering youth political culture. Most recently, she started ‘The Up and Up,’ a newsletter focused on Gen Z’s political zeitgeist: how young Americans are organizing, mobilizing and participating in civic life and politics – or, how and why they’re not. She also freelances, with bylines in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Glamour. Previously, she was an associate writer on the CNN Politics team covering young voters, campaigns, and breaking news.

1:40 – 2:30 pm

Breakout Session: Elevate Your Campus Experience with Nonprofit Engagement

Nonprofits + Colleges/Universities = GREATNESS!
In the pursuit of a brighter, more inclusive future, collaboration between nonprofits and campuses can be essential for fostering robust civic engagement. Together, nonprofits and campuses can help empower the campus community to create a stronger, more vibrant campus culture that extends far beyond lecture halls. This breakout will feature three panelists discussing their own personal experiences and challenges faced when doing civic engagement work, and will analyze how nonprofit engagement on college campuses can help elevate the campus experience beyond what’s learned in classrooms. By working hand-in-hand, nonprofit organizations and college campuses can fortify communities, and ensure they are equipped to face future challenges with resilience and determination.

Presenters:
Kamryn Yanchick

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus:National Congress of American Indians
Role: Wilma Mankiller Fellow – Civic Engagement

Kamryn Yanchick (she/her) is a proud citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Muscogee Nation currently working as a Wilma Mankiller Fellow at the National Congress of American Indians where she focuses on advancing civic engagement and voting rights across Indian country. Kamryn began her civic engagement work as a student leader with Oklahoma Votes at the University of Oklahoma, and has since served as a former Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board member, 18by Vote Exploring Youth Engagement Innovative Research Mentor, and Rock the Native Vote volunteer.

Dylan Sellers

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: Campus Vote Project
Role: National HBCU Director

Dylan Sellers is a husband, brother, son, and community activist. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has served as a member of the Children’s Defense Fund-New Abolitionist Association, the Cleveland Community Police Commission, and the NAACP Greater Cleveland Branch. Dylan is a measured and authentic community builder aiming to encapsulate the Cornel West quote, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Dylan’s paramount objective is caring for the most vulnerable members of society; the poor, the children, and the elderly are to be given a voice and protected with dignity. Dylan proudly served as the Ohio Coordinator for the Campus Vote Project from 2017-2021. He is excited about the new opportunity to serve and learn from the HBCU community as the National HBCU Manager for the Campus Vote Project. Please feel free to email him about the Legacy Initiative or to get more information about CVP’s work with HBCUs.

Tiffany Seawright

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Role: Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement

Tiffany Seawright is the Director of the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). She has been a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated since Spring 2018. Aside from her work on the Fundraising, Political Action and Economic Development committees, she has served as the Membership Chair of the Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter for the past two years. She heavily rooted in her community, as she currently serves as the Political Action Chair on the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals executive board and as the Lead Program Associate for the Youth Voter Engagement with North Carolina Black Alliance. Seawright has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. Before planting her feet at NC A&T, she’s held multiple positions and served on various boards at Winston-Salem State University and Salem College. Her background includes but is not limited to training and development, assessment, programming and program design/ development, curriculum and instruction, strategic planning, program consultation, etc. Tiffany is currently in her second year of the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program at Gardner-Webb University in Charlotte, NC. Tiffany grew up in Easley, South Carolina. She obtained a B.S. in Biology at Salem College; and a M.S. in Adult Education/ Higher Education at North Carolina A&T State University. She is a John Maxwell Trainer and Coach, a True Colors Personal Success Facilitator, a Truist Emerging Leaders Certification External Facilitator, and a Certified Life Coach through the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Other certification include but are not limited to Gallup Global Strengths Coach Certification (formerly Gallup CliftonStrengths) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification (University of South Florida) She believes that great leaders attract greatness from others, and they empower those same individuals to exert the same Law of Attraction.

1:40 – 2:30 pm

Breakout Session: Civic Celebrations: How to make Democracy fun and celebratory

When campuses integrate fun, culturally relevant, and celebratory events into their democratic engagement efforts, they can reach and empower more students to be active participants in our democracy.

Whether it’s around Civic Holidays such as National Voter Registration Day, National Voter Education Week, and Vote Early Day, or just randomly throughout the year, campuses have many opportunities to make the democratic process something fun that brings the whole community together. In this session, we’ll hear from experts with real experience planning events that engage students in fun, creative, and memorable ways while participants brainstorm their own plans for 2024.

2:40 – 3 pm

SLSV Talks

Hear from #StudentVote experts on a wide array of topics as they share brief presentations on the work and issues they believe will require action and attention in the year ahead.

Presenters:

Sam Novey

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: University of Maryland Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement
Role: Chief Strategist

Sam Novey is Chief Strategist at the University of Maryland Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement. He is a co-founder of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, Maryland Civic Education Coalition, and Baltimore Votes Coalition among other civic initiatives. He also serves as a Secretary of the Baltimore City Board of Elections and is a member of the Baltimore City Fair Election Fund Commission.

Allegra Chapman

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: 100% Democracy: An Initiative for Universal Voting
Role: Board Chair

A former civil rights and voting rights litigator, Allegra now consults for social justice, voting rights, and political organizations on strategies to build bridges between communities, enhance electoral and political participation, and heal divides. To these ends, she writes, researches, and advises philanthropies. She has worked in government (NY State Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Bureau), private practice (Lansner & Kubitschek), and at nonprofit organizations (Dēmos, Common Cause). She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from McGill University and a J.D. from Emory Law School.

3 – 4 pm

Open Networking Hour: Meet Me at the Summit

After our breakout sessions, take some time to get to know the other extraordinary people attending the Summit! Check out the organizations tabling in the Stamp Colony Ballroom, exchange information and ideas with new contacts, or just take a few minutes to meet someone new!

4 – 4:50 pm

Leading Through Nonpartisanship: Navigating a Polarizing Election Season

In our politically polarized times, we see nonpartisanship as a strength – but it comes with challenges. During this plenary session, campus presidents and leaders of national civic engagement organizations will discuss how to get your campus leadership to champion nonpartisan student voter engagement work at your college or university, and how to carry out equitable efforts in politically contentious states. Join these influential figures for an unscripted conversation on how to support all voters and build stronger relationships through nonpartisanship as we navigate the 2024 election season. Together we can support a democracy that is truly of all people, by all people, and for all people.

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus:ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
Role: Executive Director

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman is the executive director of the national and nonpartisan ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation. Prior to joining the Challenge, Domagal-Goldman directed the American Democracy Project, a national civic learning and democratic engagement network of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Domagal-Goldman has contributed to a number of civic engagement publications, including co-authoring chapters in Reimagining Democratic Societies: A New Era of Personal and Social Responsibility (2013), Becoming a Steward of Place: Four Areas of Institutional Focus (2014), and Student Civic Outcomes in Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Methods (2017). She also contributed to Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change (2018). Domagal-Goldman earned her PhD in higher education from Penn State. She received her MA in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.

Brad Mortensen

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: Weber State University
Role: President

Brad L. Mortensen became the 13th president of Weber State University in January 2019, after serving in several leadership positions, most recently as vice president of university advancement, at WSU since 2004. Since then, Brad has celebrated numerous accomplishments with campus partners, including establishing a new strategic plan, expanding community partnerships and economic engagement initiatives, and helping WSU maintain and achieve top rankings in multiple areas, including student affordability and return on investment. Brad guides Weber State’s efforts to be a leader in transforming lives by meeting all students where they are, challenging and guiding them to meet their goals both academically and in life. This includes expanding access as an open enrollment university, increasing retention and completion rates, providing personalized and innovative learning experiences and striving to become an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. A first-generation college graduate, Brad holds several degrees, including a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah.

Darryll J. Pines

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Organization/Campus: University of Maryland
Role: President

Darryll J. Pines serves as president of the University of Maryland as well as the Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

Formerly the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Engineering and dean of UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, where he has been on the faculty since 1995, Pines amassed a record of academic leadership and research accomplishments that have dramatically elevated the school’s rankings and stature nationally and internationally. In 2019, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his “inspirational leadership and contributions to engineering education.”

As dean for 11 years, Pines instituted sweeping changes to improve the student experience, including revamping teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses; encouraging participation in national and international student competitions; emphasizing sustainability engineering and service learning; and expanding innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

Prior to his promotion to dean, Pines led the Department of Aerospace Engineering for four years, taking a leave of absence from the University of Maryland from 2003 to 2006 to serve as a program manager for the Tactical Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also held positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Chevron Corp. and Space Tethers. At LLNL, Pines worked on the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization’s Clementine spacecraft program, which discovered water near the south pole of the moon. A replica of the spacecraft now sits in the National Air and Space Museum.

Pines’ research focuses on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing and biologically inspired structures as well as the guidance, navigation and control of aerospace vehicles. He holds seven co-authored patents with his students and collaborators.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Pines was named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Physics. He chairs the Engineering Advisory Committee for NSF’s Engineering Directorate and sits on the Board of Trustees for Underwriters Laboratory not-for-profit arm. Pines received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bobbie Laur

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus:Campus Compact
Role: President

Bobbie Laur is President of Campus Compact, the nation’s largest national organization dedicated to higher education civic and community engagement. Bobbie’s passion, research, and work have been grounded in the place-based mission of higher education and the necessity of developing mutually beneficial partnerships to address the needs of the communities and neighborhoods in which universities and colleges are located. Prior to joining Campus Compact, Bobbie led the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and served as senior community engagement administrator at Towson University.

5 – 5:20 pm

SLSV Talks

Hear from #StudentVote experts on a wide array of topics as they share brief presentations on the work and issues they believe will require action and attention in the year ahead.

Presenters:
Hannah Smotrich

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: Creative Campus Voting Project / UMICH Votes
Role: Associate Professor, U-M Stamps School

Hannah Smotrich is a visual communication designer whose research explores how design can make the possibilities for change visible, accessible, and actionable. She collaborates with other experts across a broad range of fields — public policy, history, law, cultural anthropology, medicine, business — as well as with creative colleagues on projects designed to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. Creative Campus Voting Project, an initiative she co-leads with Stephanie Rowden, investigates how creative interventions — online, on campus and in the classroom — can catalyze peer-to-peer interactions that increase college-age voting. Toward Thriving, a project she co-leads with Stephanie Tharp, is designing and testing the efficacy of a positive psychology intervention for chronic pain patients.

Stephanie Rowden

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus:Creative Campus Voting Project / UMICH VOTES
Role: Associate Professor, UM Stamps School

Stephanie Rowden is a sound artist whose work encompasses projects for radio, podcast, installation and participatory public art. Her experimental audio documentaries and essays explore human motivations and inter-relationships. Most recently, Rowden’s interest in student-centered civic engagement has sparked the Creative Campus Voting Project, a research initiative she leads with Stamps colleague Hannah Smotrich. Their ongoing project is focused on creative interventions — online, in public spaces, on campus and in the classroom — that support peer-to-peer interactions to enliven college-age voter participation.

Rebecca Navarro

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Organization/Campus: University of Maryland SGA
Role: Director of Civic Engagement

Rebecca (she/her) is a senior pursuing a dual degree in Statistics and Public Policy. Rebecca is committed to making policy accessible and digestible for young adults, while also inciting positive change in her community. In her role as the Director of Civic Engagement for UMD’S Student Government Association, she has so far focused on informing the student body about the power of local elections while also placing stepping stones ahead of the 2024 general elections. Rebecca has previously interned in the Office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin as well as with the Government Relations team at the Anti-Defamation League. This past summer, Rebecca worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department on Treasury. At Maryland, Rebecca is also a tour guide and a group fitness instructor. In her free time, Rebecca loves to be outside, spend time with her friends, and read the newest book she found on TikTok!

6 – 7:30 pm

SLSV Experiences

Let’s have some fun! After a full day of learning, sharing, and networking, get to know the other #StudentVote leaders at the Summit in a less formal setting at one of several unique activities curated by the SLSV team in and around the University of Maryland campus and Washington, DC area.

Friday, November 17th

9 – 9:30 am

Opening & Breakfast

9:30 – 10 am

Speed Friending

So many amazing people, so little time! During our final morning together, join us for a round of rapid-fire networking, facilitated by the SLSV team to help every Summit attendee get to know as many new #StudentVote friends as possible.

10 – 11:30 pm

Looking Ahead: Defining our 2024 Goals

The #StudentVote movement has seen extraordinary growth thanks to countless partners across the country who have been working tirelessly to make voting easy and accessible for students – and we want to continue that growth into 2024 and beyond. This session is for all stakeholders in the #StudentVote movement to help us define our priorities over the next year.

11:40 am – 12:30 pm

Final Plenary

12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch

Before our departure, we’ll eat lunch separately in the Stamps Student Union, gift cards provided by the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition!