Jen is the Executive Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and has been an outstanding partner since the inception of the SLSV Coalition. This month, we caught up with Jen about the myriad ways that ALL IN supports the remarkable civic engagement efforts happening on campuses nationwide!
What was your experience like at the 2023 National Student Vote Summit? What was your favorite part?
It was valuable to reconnect with colleagues and friends and to get to know new partners in the nonpartisan college student voting space. These relationships will fuel collaboration between programs like the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and campuses as well as other nonpartisan organizations, allowing us to have a greater impact going into the 2024 election year and beyond.
How do you support campuses and student voters?
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) is a national, nonpartisan initiative that provides free support, structure, and recognition to more than 980 colleges and universities across all 50 states to institutionalize nonpartisan democratic engagement and increase college student voting rates.
We work with participating colleges and universities to develop and implement comprehensive, data-informed action plans to advance civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campuses. ALL IN also supports communities of practice for community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions while also partnering with Secretaries of State and athletic conferences on voting challenges.
A one-page program description is linked here, and you can view a 3-minute overview video.
How do you and your organization center racial justice and equity?
ALL IN prioritizes supporting and advancing nonpartisan student voter engagement, including closing gaps in participation that persist based on age and race. We support Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) — especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) — and Community Colleges through tailored resources, coaching, and our Communities of Practice Program. Campuses are also asked to use an equity lens when setting goals and planning strategies for asking eligible students to register and vote.
How can others support your work or get involved?
A faculty member or administrator can sign up their campus to participate (free of charge!) in ALL IN. Campus presidents and chancellors should sign our Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation and college athletic coaches can sign our Coaches Voter Engagement Pledge. Students are encouraged to pledge to vote, nominate their campus to join ALL IN, and to use our nonpartisan voter registration, education, and voting tools at allintovote.org.
Finish this sentence: In a perfect democracy…
…participation in local, state, and federal elections would be equitable; all people would be civically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls; and democratic engagement would be part of our culture.
How can folks reach you?
Follow us on social media! You can find us on Instagram and X at @allintovote and ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge on LinkedIn or you can reach us directly at email@example.com. If you want to reach out to me directly, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on LinkedIn here.