(Washington, DC) Today, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) announced that Wake Forest University has been awarded a Highly Established Action Plan Seal. This seal is awarded to campuses that have worked to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and graduate engaged voters by building a strong nonpartisan action plan. WFU is one of 82 colleges and universities recognized for their commitment to increasing nonpartisan democratic engagement in 2022
ALL IN and the American Democracy Project, Campus Vote Project, NASPA Lead Initiative, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition created the Strengthening American Democracy Guide to help guide campuses on their journey to graduate democratically engaged students by building effective action plans. In 2019, a rubric based on the guide was released to allow campuses to self-assess the strength of their action plan. ALL IN provides a confidential score and feedback that helps campuses celebrate and strengthen their action plans. The Highly Established Action Plan Seal recognizes campuses that score at least 32 out of 36 possible points on the Strengthening American Democracy rubric.
“Colleges and universities have a responsibility to prepare students to engage meaningfully in our nation’s democracy. The role they play in developing the next generation of voters and shaping our future cannot be understated,” said Dr. Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “We are proud to recognize Wake Forest University for working to graduate the next generation of voters by developing and implementing a comprehensive, data-informed campus action plan.”
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Campuses that join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge complete a set of action items, with the support of ALL IN staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campus. ALL IN currently engages over 9.5 million students from more than 920 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Campuses can join ALL IN here.
At Wake Forest University, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement works with campus partners to increase student voter registration and turnout rates through Deacs Decide; a highly collaborative campus-wide political engagement project that aims to raise awareness about issues at stake in local and national election, educate the campus and Winston-Salem community about candidates, and register students, faculty, and staff to vote.
ABOUT ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge:
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) is a national nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization. ALL IN strives to change civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs on college campuses, making voter participation a defining feature of campus life.
ALL IN, in collaboration with over 920 higher education institutions, seeks to make participation in local, state, and federal elections a social norm; substantially increase the number of college students who are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls, and; make educating for democratic engagement on college campuses an accepted and expected part of the culture and curriculum so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and values needed to be an informed and active citizen.