The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge supports colleges and universities in institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement. In an effort to provide a variety of mechanisms to do so, the ALL IN Challenge has created a set of initiatives to support various campus ecosystems.
Ask Every Student uses the framework that full student voter participation comes from integrating person-to-person voter registration into existing processes, such as orientation or classes that reach all students. Every campus has different challenges, opportunities, and context to create a program that asks every student about their democratic engagement plan. ALL IN along with the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project, NASPA, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition make up the steering committee for the Ask Every Student program.
ALL IN’s work supports collegiate athletic conference voting challenges across the following athletic conferences: ACC, America East, Big Ten, Big 12, Big Sky, C-USA, Ivy League, MIAC, NESCAC, OAC, Pac-12, and SoCon. While many of the athletic conferences have relationships specific with their respective athletic conference commissioners, others have awareness with the conferences but currently work independently as cohorts of campuses. All of the athletic conference voting challenges have representation from academic and student affairs staff working collaboratively toward increasing nonpartisan student voter registration and turnout rates across their conferences and at their institutions.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) works to provide voter education, registration, turnout, and advocacy tools and resources to support the engagement of college athletics in the democratic process.
ALL IN launched the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Community of Practice in October 2020. The Community of Practice hosts monthly conversations focused on supporting the involvement of HBCUs in the ALL IN program and more broadly increasing nonpartisan democratic engagement at these institutions.
The ALL IN Challenge created a Higher Education Presidents’ Council in 2020 composed of 16 current and emeritus leaders, together challenging our institutions to make a visible commitment to reaching full student voter registration and voter participation in all elections. Collectively embedding messages about the central importance of voting and participating as informed members of our democracy into our campus culture by including opportunities for voter registration systematically into processes that reach virtually every college student. To-date more than 300 senior leaders have engaged with the Presidents’ Commitment.
ALL IN’s work supports state- and city-level voting challenges with local partners, Departments of State, and Secretary of State offices. The ALL IN Challenge manages 5 state campus voting challenges with secretaries of state offices and an additional 11 state or city campus voting challenges with local and national partners totaling 16 state and city campus voting challenges.