(Hoboken, N.J. – June 12, 2020) – Stevens Institute of Technology has joined more than 160 colleges and universities to promote opportunities for full student voter registration and participation in all elections through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. A full list of signatories can be found here.
“I am proud to have signed the Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation and that Stevens will join with other colleges and universities throughout the country to strengthen civic engagement and increase voter participation through the ALL IN Democracy Challenge,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “I look forward to working with our partners throughout the campus on this important initiative.”
While college student voter participation in elections increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election, less than half of college students made their voices heard by casting their ballots. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement,voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19 percent to 40 percent.
“Today, young people are truly seeing how the decisions their elected officials make impact their everyday lives, and in this critical time, ensuring that they are able to make their voices heard safely is critical,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “We are excited to partner with higher education leaders across the country to change the culture at colleges and universities around engagement in our country’s political process. We are calling on all college presidents to make this commitment to their students, campuses and communities.”
By signing the pledge, Stevens commits to promoting opportunities for all eligible students to register to vote and cast informed ballots in the 2020 general election and beyond. Further, they committed to fostering campus cultures that support nonpartisan student civic learning, political engagement and student voter participation.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.
More than 650 campuses, enrolling more than 7.5 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.
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About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 7,300 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other disciplines actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. As Stevens celebrates its 150th anniversary, the university continues to be consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in career services, post-graduation salaries of alumni, and return on tuition investment.
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