Campuses and Student Leaders Recognized for Voting Initiatives at Regional Civic Engagement Summit

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(Towson, MD) -- Four colleges and universities and three students were recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for their efforts to increase student voting in the region at the Spring 2024 Transform Mid-Atlantic Regional Civic Engagement Summit on April 6 2024 at Towson University.

Frostburg State, GW, and UMBC 2023 Student Voting Honor Roll Students Honored
In 2023, 175 students across the country were recognized for their efforts to advance nonpartisan student voter registration, education, and turnout efforts, as well as ensuring equitable access to the polls by being named to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge's 2023 Student Voting Honor Roll. Ten of those students hailed from college and university campuses in the Maryland, DC, and Delaware region. Three of these student leaders participated in the summit and were recognized for their achievements, including: Rachael Michalski of Frostburg State University, Isabella Reed of The George Washington University, and Musa Jafri of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

From left: Managing Director Catherine Fish of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Rachael Michalski of Frostburg State University, Musa Jafri of UMBC, and Isabella Reed of The George Washington University. Image courtesy of TMA.
From left: Managing Director Catherine Fish of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Rachael Michalski of Frostburg State University, Musa Jafri of UMBC, and Isabella Reed of The George Washington University. Image courtesy of TMA.

The 2024 Student Voting Honor Roll will be announced later this year ahead of the 2024 federal elections. You can learn more about the Student Honor Roll by visiting ALL IN's webpage.

Four Campus Teams Recognized for 2024 Highly Established Action Plans
Catherine Fish, Managing Director of ALL IN, announced at the summit that four colleges and universities in the region have received ALL IN's designation for having developed and implemented highly established democratic engagement action plans. Institutions include:

Located in Cumberland, MD.
Located in Washington, D.C.
Located in Baltimore, MD
Located in College Park, MD

Want to learn more about ALL IN and how your campus can submit an action plan ahead of the 2024 presidential election? It's not too late! Visit the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge website or contact their team at allinchallenge@civicnation.org.

Workshop Provided on Crafting a Democratic Engagement Action Plan
Additionally, ALL IN's Catherine Fish and Dr. Romy Hübler, Director of the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility at Towson University, facilitated a workshop specifically focused on developing democratic engagement action plans. In total, 30 campuses in Maryland, DC, and Delaware are currently participating in ALL IN and have either created or are in the process of initiating their own plans. The workshop provided opportunities to learn about best practices, successes, and challenges in developing democratic engagement plans using the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’s framework and methods, as well as how plans can be used to fulfill institutional missions and advocate for civic and community engagement program funding and support.

Participants engage in workshop at the summit led by ALL IN's Catherine Fish and Dr. Romy Hübler of Towson University. Image courtesy of TMA.
Participants engage in workshop at the summit led by ALL IN's Catherine Fish and Dr. Romy Hübler of Towson University. Image courtesy of TMA.

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About ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge: The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’s (ALL IN) mission is to foster civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs at colleges and universities, making them a defining feature of campus life. ALL IN also strives to close voting gaps based on age and race, with a particular focus on increasing support and outreach for minority serving institutions (MSIs) and community colleges.

About Transform Mid-Atlantic: Transform Mid-Atlantic is a non-profit membership association of public, private, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, including many HBCUs and minority serving institutions. Transform Mid-Atlantic provides leadership to colleges and universities in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware by advocating, supporting, and encouraging institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based public service and civic engagement programs.