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Campus Sustainability Month 2018: Nonpartisan Engagement and the November Elections
August 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm EDTFree
The theme for this year’s Campus Sustainability Month is Nonpartisan Engagement and the November Elections. Please join AASHE and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) as we explore this important opportunity in a webinar featuring Campus Election Engagement Project founder Paul Loeb and the National Campus Voter Registration Project’s Your Vote Your Voice national co-coordinator Robert Bo Newsome.
What would be the impact if students turned out to vote? In 2014, 80% stayed home. Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is working to change that. Paul will share stories about how to overcome barriers to student electoral participation, from confusing voter laws to youth who are cynical about politics. CEEP’s high-leverage approach helps colleges engage students in elections through nonpartisan candidate guides, sponsorship of passionate student fellows, and school-by-school tailored support plans. CEEP’s trusted, accurate information allows students to educate themselves and turn out at the polls to claim their right to vote.
CEEP engaged 300 schools in 2016, with a total enrollment of 3.5 million students, helping students participate in every close statewide race in the country. In 2017, CEEP helped increase voter turnout in various governor and senate races, plus prepared key schools for 2018 in 20 states.
“CEEP was our most important partner in our 2016 nonpartisan voter engagement efforts…We love CEEP and want to continue to expand our partnership.”–Josh Young, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Miami- Dade College’s 165,000-student system.
Your Vote Your Voice is co-chaired by the Presidents of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges. It is sponsored by the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, 54 associations representing all segments of the higher education community. It started in 1996, and gained more importance in 1998 when Congress mandated that all colleges and universities make a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to all degree- or certificate-seeking students attending class on campus.
Please join us for this important and empowering webinar to help inform your planning for Campus Sustainability Month and help increase student participation in the November elections.
Paul Loeb, CEEP Founder
Paul founded CEEP (Campus Election Engagement Project) in 2008. He is the author of Soul of a Citizen, The Impossible Will Take a Little While (named the #3 political book of 2004 by the History Channel and the American Book Association), Generation at the Crossroads, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. He’s written on social involvement for The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, AARP Bulletin, Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today,Redbook, Inside Higher Ed, Christian Science Monitor, Parents Magazine, and the International Herald Tribune. Paul has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, NBC TV, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America and national German and Australian radio, and has lectured on over 400 college campuses. He attended Stanford University and the New School for Social Research and participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2011 round-table on higher education and civic engagement.
Robert (Bo) Newsome , Director of Outreach and State Relations, NAICU
Bo is responsible for coordinating projects to help NAICU members become more active in the public policy arena and to reinforce the NAICU agenda within the association’s membership. He also helped coordinate the National Campus Voter Registration Project, a nonpartisan effort sponsored by the national higher education associations to register college students and employees for the elections in 2000. In addition, he serves as NAICU’s liaison to the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE) and to the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC).
Newsome graduated from Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in higher education policy from George Washington University. Before joining NAICU in 1999, he had spent at decade working in admissions, counseling, and coaching at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.