Alvernia University is one of only 83 campuses across the country designated as a “Voter-Friendly Campus” by national nonpartisan organizations: Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). The designation begins immediately and is valid through Dec. 2018.
CVP and NASPA held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encouraged students to register and vote in the 2016 general election and future elections. The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process.
Over the last year, Alvernia targeted voter education and encouragement though voter registration campaigns, activities and publications. All incoming students received Pennsylvania voter registration forms, as well as information about registering in home districts, deadlines, and submitting absentee ballots.
Collaborating with the League of Woman Voters and the NAACP, Alvernia offered a set of discussions surrounding major political occasions, including a full house event on Constitution Day. Voter registration tables, staffed by students, were available in key campus locations, and Alvernia students who participated in Democratic and Republican Conventions discussed their experiences with peers.
A number of future events are planned to continue voter awareness efforts on Alvernia’s campus, including an “E Pluribus Unum” discussion series. The series is designed to help participants exchange and discuss differing views on current political topics and consider ways to move forward together.
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and 8 U.S. territories.
The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan election reform organization working to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve election administration. FELN’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting and helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.