UWS Designated A Voter Friendly Campus
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is one of 231 college campuses in the United States to be designated as a "Voter Friendly Campus." Colleges that earn this designation are recognized for their efforts to get students to register to vote and become involved in the election process.
The Vote Friendly initiative was started by nonpartisan organizations Fair Elections Center's Campus Vote Project and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. UWS made the effort to become a Voter Friendly Campus by coordinating an action plan. It included hiring two student interns, Augusto Vladusik and Amber Heidenreich. The funding for this project was from Menards Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations.
The student interns coordinated and developed a voter engagement action plan. They were able to accomplish the goals even while facing challenges faced by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
With support from faculty and staff they were able to establish key objectives:
- Created the Jackets Vote voter engagement campaign
- Built an online voter registration system with TurboVote
- Enrolled over 1,000 students in the Jackets Vote Canvas course
- Distributed 530 Jackets Vote masks to students, faculty and staff
- Gave 32 voter education presentations to nearly 500 students
- Received a $1,000 grant from Ask Every Student
- Collaborated with 11 external partners and 19 on-campus partners
Currently the University of Wisconsin-Superior is the only college campus in the Northland Region to earn the designation of a "Voter Friendly Campus." The designation is now valid through December 2022. UWS says they are proud to engage students in civic processes and will continue through 2021, 2022, and beyond.
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