Rollins Named Voter-Friendly Campus

A pair of national nonpartisan organizations have recognized the College for its efforts to engage students in the electoral process.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins College has been designated as a voter-friendly campus by a pair of national nonpartisan organizations. The College was one of 83 campuses across 23 states to receive the designation.

The initiative, led by Campus Vote Project and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote. Its mission is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. The designation is valid through December 2018.

Members of Rollins’ Democracy Project created a comprehensive, strategic road map to engage students in the electoral process. The three-tiered approach included registration, education, and mobilization.

“Receiving the voter-friendly campus designation is not only a huge honor but is also another example of how Rollins lives out its mission of educating students to be responsible leaders and global citizens,” said Marissa Corrente, associate director of Rollins’ Center for Leadership & Community Engagement. “Via the nonpartisan efforts of the Rollins Democracy Project, student leaders empower their peers to become engaged citizens in the democratic process. This multifaceted approach to voter engagement is why Rollins was recognized as a leader in this important work.”

Last year, student ambassadors registered nearly 700 students to vote. In addition, the Democracy Project delivered voting education presentations to 20 classes, created a more user-friendly website, and partnered with other student groups such as athletics, fraternity and sorority life, and the Black Student Union.

The group also held informational events like Politics on Tap, and worked with community partners such as the supervisor of elections, the mayor of Winter Park, the Orange County League of Women Voters, and the Lou Frey Institute to make Rollins more voter-friendly.

“This inaugural voter-friendly campus designation makes a strong statement about the civic mission of Rollins College and higher education to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy,” said Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “The work of the Democracy Project under the auspices of the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement inspires action and cultivates positive social change.”