The University of Illinois Springfield has been recognized for the first time by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge as a 2022 most engaged campus for college student voting. ALL IN recognizes colleges and universities for making intentional efforts to increase student voter participation.
In the 2020 election, UIS students voted at a rate of 67.5%, which exceeded the national average for collegiate voting as outlined in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement.
“We have a responsibility as a University to ensure students are actively engaged in the democratic process,” said Jill Hawkins, program director for the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center. “It is a great honor to be recognized with this designation as a result of our hard work and accomplishments.”
UIS joins a group of 394 colleges and universities recognized by ALL IN for completing these four actions: Participating in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Sharing 2020 National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement Reports with campus voting data, Developing and submitting a 2022 democratic engagement action plan, Having a current signatory to ALL IN’s Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation.
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 Challenge staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement and voter participation on their campus.