The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge offers complimentary webinars covering a broad range of topics to help campuses increase civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation. National experts share knowledge and resources with participants on a bimonthly basis.
Below you will find archived recordings from our 2017-2019 webinar series organized by topic.
Registering students to vote is not enough. Students must be educated about policy issues and political candidates in order to make informed decisions when they vote. First-time voters are often unfamiliar with the ballot measures and elected positions included on their ballot. And most importantly, students need to understand how our country’s political system works.
In this second webinar in a three-part series, learn from experts about how to help prepare your students for Election Day. Panelists will share best practices, tools, resources, and innovative ideas that make educating students about voting easy. Participants will learn how to engage students in a nonpartisan manner, how to communicate the importance of voting, and the essential voter information for students to know before participating in an election.
In order to vote in any election, students must first get registered. Unfortunately, many students find the registration process complex and confusing, and as a result, many do not follow through. But colleges and universities can help reduce barriers and facilitate registration.
Join this webinar and learn from experts about how your campus can reduce confusion about the process of registering, institutionalize voter registration programs, and send the message about the importance of voting. Panelists will share best practices, tools, resources, and innovative ideas that make registering to vote fun and easy.
Participants will learn how to promote voter registration and reduce barriers; how to help students navigate complex state rules; how to help students decide where to vote, and in what manner; and methods for registering students.
Voter registration is a critical point on the road to Election Day participation – if you are not registered you can’t vote. Yet, every election, millions of students miss the stop or take a wrong turn by failing to register or to update their address by their state deadline. In fact, 38% of eligible student voters were not registered during the last midterm election in 2014.
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), first observed in 2012, was launched to ensure that every eligible citizen has the opportunity to vote. Celebrated every year on the 4th Tuesday in September, NVRD is a day of action to celebrate democracy. Volunteers across the nation hold nonpartisan voter registration events enabling eligible voters to fulfill their civic responsibility and assure their access to the ballot box.
Hosting NVRD events on campuses is an easyway to showcase the importance of active and informed citizenship. Through these celebratory events, it is one of the best ways to ensure students are not only registered before state deadlines but excited and ready to participate.
In this webinar, attendees will learn how to become an NVRD partner and presenters will share tools and resources to help campuses organize successful events. Strategies for promoting the holiday, coordinating registration drives, and hosting nonpartisan educational events – all with the goal of increasing democratic participation – will be shared.
A student’s college experience begins when they first arrive on your campus. During new student orientation you are not only helping students register for classes, but easing their transition by providing them with the information and resources they need to succeed.
One of the most difficult things for new students to navigate is registering to vote (What is the deadline? How do I do it?) especially if this is the first time they are doing so. Making voter registration a part of getting settled on campus can make this easier, and sends a clear message that participating in elections is important and a part of the college experience.
Embedding registration into existing student processes such as new student orientation or beginning of the semester check-in, can ensure that every student is reminded to check their registration status every semester. Students addresses change frequently and they need to re-register.
In this webinar, campuses will share how they have strengthened their voter registration efforts by institutionalizing it within orientation and student check-in in creative ways. Presenters will share what they do on each of their campuses, how they they were successful, and the challenges they’ve faced. Presenters will discuss programming ideas, as well as tech solutions, tools and resources.
While many colleges and universities have stepped up their efforts to help students register to vote, research shows that registering a student does not ensure that they participate in an election. Colleges and universities must also make an effort to motivate students and help them get to the polls on Election Day.
In this webinar, the last in a three-part series, panelists will share their experiences working with campuses and making it easier for students to vote. Participants will learn about protecting their students’ voting rights, bringing poll locations to campus, and hosting creative events such as Walk2Vote and Party at the Polls.
How can your campus increase its student voting rates by double digits? Join us for a conversation with leaders from campuses who have changed the culture around democratic engagement and dramatically increased their campus’ student voting rates. During this webinar, representatives from campuses that won an ALL IN Challenge Champion Award will share their stories of how they led their institution’s efforts to garner support, improve practice, change culture, and achieve their goals.
Panelists will discuss how they established working groups, developed action plans, and the specifics of what they considered to be success on their campus. They will discuss strategies that worked and didn’t work, the challenges they faced, and the hurdles that they overcame in the process.
Participants will gain an understanding of how to garner cross-campus coordination through coalition-building, how to develop effective marketing materials, and ways to reduce logistical barriers such as providing transportation to the polls or securing on-campus polling stations. Through this discussion, participants will learn how to change campus culture and build long-term institutional support for democratic engagement efforts.
Voting is like access and retention in higher education. Just like it is not enough to get students enrolled in college (you have to help them graduate), it’s not enough to get students to register to vote. In order to get students to participate in elections, you have to help them fulfill their intention to vote.
In order to help you close the gap that exists between students who register to vote and actually vote, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge has brought together many of its partners to provide last-minute advice and tips to ensure your students are informed and prepared to cast their ballot during this midterm election.
Our panelists will cover how to help your students be ALL IN to Vote! They will share resources, tools, and activities that you can easily implement on campus to make sure that students:
College and university students face several obstacles to voting that make them less likely to go to the polls, even if they are registered to vote. The most common complaint from students is that even though they want to vote, they do not have access to transportation and cannot easily get to their polling station. Establishing a polling place on campus for early voting and/or Election Day not only makes casting a ballot more convenient, it can lead to higher student voting rates.
During this webinar hear from experts from the Fair Election Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project. Presenters will walk you through the steps of bringing a polling location to campus and how to ensure your polling station is a success.
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) is the first and only nonpartisan study of individual and institution-level data on college student voting. More than 1,000 campuses are participating and will receive their data from the 2016 presidential election this summer. Reports also will include comparison data from the 2012 presidential election and the 2014 midterm elections.
If you’re wondering what your campus should do once it receives its report, then we hope you’ll join us for this conversation. Participants will learn how to read and analyze the data to inform campus activities and programming. The results are designed to increase political engagement and to help foster a campus climate for civic learning and participation.
Presenters from the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life will share resources and tools on how to maximize use of the data and offer advice on sharing the results across your campus.
Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to review their campus reports in advance of the webinar. A full list of NSLVE’s participating campuses can be viewed online. To obtain a copy of your institution’s report, please complete the online inquiry form.
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) is the first and only nonpartisan study of individual and institution-level data on college student voting. More than 1,000 institutions receivedtheir 2016 presidential election data last summer, including comparison data from the 2012 presidential election and the 2014 midterm elections.
If you’re wonderinghow to most effectively use your NSLVE reports to inform your 2018 election plans, then we hope you’ll join us for this presentation. Participants will learn from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, howto understand and utilizethe ir campus reports to inform2018 action plan goals and programming.
Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to review their 2014 campus reports in advance of the webinar.
This webinar will focus on understanding your campus’ NSLVE* report. Presenters will explain how to read and analyze the data contained in the report. Participants will leave the webinar prepared to use the information gathered from the report to revise goals and strategies of their campus democratic engagement action plans for the 2020 election — ahead of the first deadline on December 15, 2019.
* The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), a product of the Institute for Higher Education and Democracy at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, is the first and only nonpartisan study of individual and institution-level data on college student voting. Campuses participating in NSLVE will receive their student voting data from the 2018 midterm election in summer 2019.
In order to increase democratic engagement on on college and university campuses, planning needs to be intentional and activities must be documented. One promising way in which this can be accomplished is through action planning. Action planning is a process that helps campus administrators, faculty, students, and community members focus ideas and decide what steps need to be taken to achieve institutional goals related to democratic engagement. The resulting document is the action plan which states what the goals are, and how and when they will be achieved. The action plan serves as an organizing document to increase efficiency and accountability, and makes the vision for change concrete.
In this webinar speakers will share a new set of guidelines for writing democratic engagement action plans established by the Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition. These guidelines, developed by experts, serve as set recommendations of what to include in a high quality action plan to increase student voting rates, to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and to make democratic participation a core value on campus. With a strong action plan, campuses can greatly improve engagement.
This webinar focuses on Section I – Leadership and Section II – Commitment of the Strengthening American Democracy action plan development guidelines. Presenters will discuss how to build a strong, representative coalition to lead efforts on campus and guide participants through the process of identifying an institution’s commitment to improving nonpartisan democratic engagement.
Participants will leave the webinar prepared to tackle the first two sections of their campus democratic engagement action plans for the 2020 election.
This webinar focuses on Section IV – Landscape and Section V – Goals of the Strengthening American Democracy action plan guidelines. Presenters will describe how to conduct a landscape assessment to determine current efforts and needs. Presenters will also discuss the importance of goal setting and how to develop short-term and long-term S.M.A.R.T. I. E. goals.
Participants will leave the webinar prepared to tackle the first third and fourth sections of their campus democratic engagement action plans for the 2020 election.
This webinar focuses on Section V – Strategy of the Strengthening American Democracy action plan guidelines. Presenters will discuss developing strategies (and accompanying activities or tactics) for achieving goals. Best and promising practices for institutionalizing civic learning, democratic engagement, and voter participation will be shared.
Participants will leave the webinar prepared to tackle the fifth section of their campus democratic engagement action plans for the 2020 election.
This webinar focuses on Section VII – Reporting and Section VII Evaluation of the Strengthening American Democracy action plan guidelines. Presenters will discuss the importance of sharing action plans and accompanying data with campus stakeholders as well as the need to continuously evaluate and improve campus plans, goals, and strategies. Examples of how campuses are reporting and evaluating their civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation will be shared.
Participants will leave the webinar prepared to tackle the final two sections of their campus democratic engagement action plans for the 2020 election.
This webinar will focus on the new rubric that will accompany the 2nd edition of the Strengthening American Democracy action plan guidelines (both to be released in June 2019). Presenters will explain how to use the rubric to self-assess the quality of their campus’ action plan and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. Presenters will also discuss ways in which to use the self-assessment results to determine next steps and strategically plan for the future.
Participants will leave the webinar prepared to self-assess their campus’ action plan and be able to determine which areas to focus on for revisions.
Students can be powerful agents of change on their campuses and in their communities. Through organizing, the process of coordinating efforts, they can effectively promote and advocate for the interests of a group of people. Providing students tools, skills, and learning opportunities to become better advocates for change can help create the foundation for them to become lifelong active participants in our democracy, and the next generation of leaders dedicated to solving the country’s most pressing challenges.
Participate in this webinar to hear from experts on how to train students to be successful organizers. Staff from the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere program will share how they train student Ambassadors on the fundamentals of impact-oriented campus organizing and voter engagement through the Vote Everywhere program and their yearly National Civic Leadership Training Summit. They will discuss how to best engage students, what topics to cover, and how to structure leadership development activities.
To live up to the fundamentally American dictum of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” all people must act to elect it. The low rate of political participation among college students threatens this tenet of our democracy. Behavioral science can help to integrate students into our democracy by illuminating the psychological barriers they face, and by designing interventions that overcome those barriers.
In the summer and fall of 2015, ideas42 conducted an extensive literature review to inform our proprietary behavioral mapping process, which resulted in hypotheses about the behavioral barriers faced by college student voters. To test these hypotheses, they interviewed more than 80 people, including students, administrators, university presidents, and civic engagement practitioners. This work resulted in a brief which summarized findings and offers program design recommendations.
In this webinar authors of the brief will discuss their work and findings in order to help college administrators and student leaders to improve their registration and turnout efforts on campus. Specifically, participants in this webinar will learn how students decide whether to register and vote (or not); barriers to college students voting; and solutions for helping college students to vote.
Though referred to by different names in different states, all communities have local elections offices and officials. These nonpartisan organizations (i.e., election board, supervisor of elections office, election commission) and their staff are responsible for controlling elections and voting procedure. Unfortunately this local resource goes unrecognized by college campuses working to increase student voter engagement. Developing a strong relationship with the local elections office and officials is integral to this work.
In this webinar, speakers will share their knowledge and insights from working on college campuses, working with election boards, and now working as a government employee encouraging citizen participation. Webinar participants will learn why developing a strong relationship with their local board is important, how to develop that relationship, and how to collaborate to increase participation. The presenters will also discuss challenges campuses face when trying to work with their local board and how to navigate and overcome those obstacles.
Do your students know what participation in a democracy entails? Have them learn from former Members of Congress.
The Congress to Campus program brings together former Members of Congress and college students to increase civic literacy and participation. Bipartisan pairs of former members spend two days on a college campus teaching classes, hosting community forums, and meeting with students to encourage greater democratic participation. The visiting members provide a candid account of serving as an elected official. Their personal experiences give students an “insiders look” into our political system and illuminate the inner-workings of Congress.
Participants in this webinar will hear from former Members of Congress and campus participants about the program and its impact on students. Participants will learn the goals of the program; how the program is structured and delivered; the benefits of bringing the program to campus; and the impact of the program on students and the campus community.
Hosted January 28, 2020
This webinar focussed on Ask Every Student, a project of the National Resource Consortium on Full Student Voter Participation, seeks to create research-backed processes, systems, and tools to answer that question. They’ve found that the key to reaching full student voter participation comes down to accessing a few minutes of individualized focus from every student on campus to prepare them to confidently navigate the democratic process. Learn more about this project to date and how your campus can partake in this initiative by joining in this conversation.
During this webinar, presenters will discuss their insights about the potential for achieving 100% student voter participation at higher education institutions. Presenters will cover promising practices, tools, and resources.
Hosted March 24, 2020
Many students intend to vote, but don’t end up actually voting, due largely to a range of small “micro-barriers” (confusion, lack of planning, perceived hassle, etc.) that get in the way. These students don’t necessarily need to be convinced or persuaded to vote, but rather helped and “nudged” to ensure that their intent is translated into action.
In this webinar, experts will share about how applying principles of behavioral science can help students overcome these barriers, make voting easier and drive higher political participation. Researchers from the behavioral sciences firm, ideas42, will discuss their report, Graduating Students into Voters. Scott Young of BVA Nudge Unit will share ways in which college administrators, faculty and students can “nudge” voter registration and turnout strategies on campus. They will be joined by Purvi Patel, Director of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago, who will share how UChiVotes is integrating these concepts into their campus efforts.
Hosted April 2, 2020
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in student democratic engagement by providing structure, support, and recognition. Since the Challenge’s inception in 2016, over 600 colleges and universities have become “ALL IN” making a commitment to help students form the habits of democratically active and informed individuals, make civic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged community members who are essential to a healthy democracy.
This webinar explores findings from a recent survey of participating colleges and universities to (1) understand what campuses are doing to increase student civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation; (2) highlight institutional impact; and (3) unpack the perceived correlation between participating in the ALL IN Challenge and increased student voter participation. Join researchers Tait Kellogg and Wendy Erisman from Higher Ed Insight as they share survey findings.
Hosted May 13, 2020.
This campus roundtable was centered around creating 2020 Action Plans.
Round tables are not recorded. Access the slides below for an overview of this conversation.
Hosted May 26, 2020.
Is your campus looking for tips and resources about improving student voter registration and voter turnout to integrate into your action plan? During this roundtable, we’ll discuss voter engagement resources such as Vote Early Day, National Voter Registration Day, Couch Parties, and #VoteTogether.
Hosted June 11, 2020.
Are you new to the ALL IN Challenge or do you want to know more about participating in the program? Join members of the ALL IN Challenge team and representatives from participating campuses for a discussion about how the program works and how to make the most of its resources and opportunities.
Hosted July 14, 2020.
As we prepare for a fall semester with social distancing and remote and hybrid learning, come learn about programs, strategies, and tactics to take your democratic engagement virtual. Join the ALL IN Challenge team, representatives from participating campuses, and nonprofit partners as we share, discuss, and learn how to prepare for virtual engagement this fall.
Hosted July 29, 2020.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and the Voter Friendly Campus program will be hosting a joint webinar to review highlights from 2020 Campus Action Plans. We will review the Strengthening American Democracy Guide Rubric, analyze average scores for each section of the action plan, provide key takeaways and tips to strengthen action plans, and hear from campus contacts who have developed strong action plans.
Hosted August 12, 2020
Part of a strong democratic engagement action plan is ensuring your goals and strategies are inclusive and equitable. During this roundtable discussion, we will share ideas and tactics to ensure you are building the coalition you need to engage all parts of your campus to reach your action plan goals. Join ALL IN to learn from campus representatives and nonprofit partners about best practices for building representative committees.
Hosted August 20, 2020
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and the Voter Friendly Campus program will be hosting a joint webinar to highlight key strategies and actions campuses can take this fall to increase in-person and virtual democratic engagement on campus.
Hosted September 28, 2020
All In Campus Democracy Challenge and the Voter Friendly Campus joint September webinar will feature resources for Vote By Mail & Student Poll Worker.