TLU Joins Campuses Nationwide in Effort to be “Voter Friendly”
February 28, 2019
Texas Lutheran University is now an officially designated “Voter-Friendly Campus.” The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2018 elections and in the coming years. TLU is one of only 123 campuses in the nation that are officially recognized.
The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. TLU was evaluated based on a campus plan about how we would engage student voters in 2018, how we facilitated democratic engagement efforts on our campus, and a final analysis of our efforts.The designation is valid through December 2020.
Morgan Klaser, Director of TLU’s Center For Servant Leadership, says The Voter Friendly Campus designation is significant for TLU because it shows that our institution values civic engagement and wants to make the process of voter registration, education, and engagement as simple as possible for its students.
“We feel it is important to give students, especially those that are first-time voters, support to navigate the process of being an informed voter so that they can be productive, active citizens after they graduate,” she said. “Through the process of applying for this designation, TLU was required to submit a detailed plan for voter engagement and strategies for overcoming existing barriers to students participating in political processes. Some of our most successful efforts in 2018-2019 included hosting a ‘Party at the Polls’ event, increasing on-campus voter registration, and intentionally planning engagement efforts.”
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Our work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories.
The Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan election reform organization working to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve election administration. Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project 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.
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