Saint Anselm College Receives Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement
November 14, 2019
At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Saint Anselm College received a silver seal for achieving a student rate between 30% and 39%.
“Saint Anselm College is proud to receive this national recognition for our voting efforts,” said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. “Our faculty, staff, and students are committed to working together to increase civic and political engagement among citizens of all ages in the first-in-the-nation primary state.”
Student participation in elections has increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%. Saint Anselm College’s data reveals an increase of 14.4 points, from 16.3% in 2014 to 30.7% in 2018.
“We are excited to honor Saint Anselm College with an ALL IN Challenge silver seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like Saint Anselm are changing culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”
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 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.