#STUDENTVOTE STARTER PACK
Transition Campus Staff Tomás
My campus is super engaged, but I’m having trouble getting caught up and absorbing the information I need to keep the momentum going.
You might relate to me if you are a staff, administrator, or faculty member on a college or university campus. You may have been hired to replace someone who was coordinating student voting efforts on campus or tapped to support the current person in that role.
Familiarize yourself with the SLSV Checklist!
The SLSV Checklist is a four-step process for institutionalizing student voting engagement on college campuses for the long term. We start with a simple premise grounded in trust, not transaction: 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.
Get acquainted with your campus’ voting landscape and history!
If your campus has been engaged in the past, you may have a campus democratic engagement action plan that can help you learn more about your past student voter engagement efforts and partnerships.
- 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. To get your campus signed up for NSLVE, check out the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education’s website for instructions to join.
- A good place to start is the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’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.
Don’t see an action plan and/or your campus isn’t signed up for NSLVE?
If that’s the case, you may want to check out the New Campus Staff Nadia Starter Pack instead for more information about getting started there.
Create a nonprofit partnership contact list if you haven’t yet!
If you are an SLSV Coalition partner, check out the SLSV Master Sheet to see who your campus has partnered with in the past. You can find staff contact information through the SLSV Coalition’s Partner Directory – nonprofit partner organizations love to connect with new staff from existing campus partners! You should definitely update your partners with your contact information so nothing slips through the cracks.
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.
Participate in Civic Holidays!
Beside Election Day, these holidays are some of the most visible and exciting opportunities to celebrate voting on campus. The holidays we are talking about are:
- National Voter Registration Day
- National Voter Education Week
- Vote Early Day
- Election Hero Day
You can learn more about these holidays by checking out the CivicHolidays.org website. Also, we highly recommend checking out Campus Takeover: an initiative that focuses on supporting campuses celebrating Civic Holidays! Joining Campus Takeover gives you access to specific toolkits, sample materials, and funding to support your on-campus event!
Read about research and recommendations to help inform your work!
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 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.
ideas42’s Graduating Students into Voters provides key insights about the eight psychological barriers faced by student voters and nine actionable design principles college leaders can use to overcome them.
IDHE’s Election Imperatives reports share research recommendations for what campuses can do to institutionalize student political learning on campus.
Join the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition!
Get access to resources, connections, funding and strategic direction by joining as an official partner of the SLSV Coalition. Learn more what it means to be a Coalition partner and join here!
Connect with other Coalition partners!
Check out our Partner Directory 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!
- The Ask Every Student Community is open to the whole student voting space and has regular programming and cohort opportunities where you can meet and connect with other stakeholders in the same position as you.
- If you are a student affairs professional and NASPA member, you can also join the CLDE Knowledge Community.
- Join the SLSV Coalition Slack to access open streams of communication with other Coalition Partners. There are general channels in addition to channels for every subcommittee, working group, and affinity group. It’s also a great place to build connections and even make friends! The Slack is available for SLSV Coalition partners only, so join the Coalition here! If you are already a partner, email email@example.com to get added to the Slack!
- Join the Higher Ed – Student Voter Engagement (HE-SVE) Google Group to connect with campus and nonprofit leaders across the country about engaging student voters! This listserv is very active and a great spot to ask questions and share news.
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. Join the Coalition!