In 2012, Fair Elections Center launched Campus Vote Project (CVP) to expand its work around student voting issues. CVP works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Our goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
As part of our mission, we want to invite students who have played a role in expanding or deepening democratic engagement at their institution to apply for our Student Advisory Board. This leadership program provides opportunities for civically-minded and active students to influence Campus Vote Project, learn more about democratic engagement nationally, and develop relationships with peers, institutions, and civic leaders.
The Student Advisory Board position is a volunteer position for civic-minded student leaders who want to be a part of the national democratic engagement movement. As a founding member of the Students Learn Students Vote coalition and a co-creator of the Voter Friendly Campus designation, CVP prides itself in being a leader in institutionalizing democratic engagement on college campuses.
The board member position requires 15-20 hours per month. Time will be spent participating in a monthly call with CVP national staff and guest speakers, being a representative for democracy reform on your campus and in your state, and being an advocate for greater democratic engagement. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a multi-day summit with other civic leaders.
Ideal Candidates will reflect the following values
- Passionate about civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education
- Care about advancing voting rights and ensuring all eligible citizens have access to the ballot
- Interested in advancing their leadership, organizing, and advocacy skills
All college students who will not be graduating before December 2019 are eligible to apply. Students matriculating or transferring to a new institution before December 2019 are eligible to apply.
Submit a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for Campus Vote Project’s Student Advisory Board and answer two of the three the following prompts in a separate document:
- Why is institutionalizing democratic engagement at colleges important for advancing civic education? (200 words or less)
- In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges to voting rights today? (200 words or less)
- How can colleges and students play a role in impacting local, state and federal elections? (200 words or less)
Email your application materials to Debi Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach out to her with questions about requirements for the Student Advisory Board.
*Applications are due back no later than December 15, 2018.