At the Campus Election Engagement Project, we believe that faculty play an integral role in student voting efforts. Faculty can guide our nation’s students to register to vote, educate themselves on the candidates, and turn out to the polls. Below, we provide resources to help you engage your students in elections.
FEATURED RESOURCE – Faculty Attitudes Toward Voting Initiatives 2019-2020 Survey Report – This survey was designed to capture the attitudes of faculty members across the country regarding voter engagement efforts in the classroom. We hope this report can help inform others about how to most effectively get faculty involved with student voting efforts.
Academic Credit – In this resource, we show you how you can incorporate student nonpartisan electoral volunteering as a service-learning requirement.
Campus Civic Discussions – This resource guides faculty through how to have difficult conversations with their students about the 2020 presidential candidates.
Combatting Cynicism – This is an essay from CEEP founder Paul Loeb discussing how to help students surmount political cynicism.
Common Questions After Election Day: A Student Guide – This guide walks students through some of the most common questions they may have after Election Day.
Coronavirus as a Teachable Moment – This guide helps faculty members turn the COVID-19 crisis into a teachable moment.
Covering Elections: A Guide for Student-Led Media – This guide helps high schoolers learn how to cover elections in their school media coverage.
Debate Watch Guide – We provide useful approaches, both for getting students to watch key debates and for helping them reflect afterwards.
Difficult Classroom Conversations about Political Issues – This guide helps faculty members navigate tricky conversations about political issues, including abortion, the environment, and healthcare.
Difficult Classroom Conversations about Trump and Biden – This resource guides faculty through how to have difficult conversations with their students about the 2020 presidential candidates.
Do Not Be Deceived: Detecting Disinformation – This resource helps faculty teach students how to navigate false news content.
How to Distribute CEEP’s Nonpartisan Guides – Many schools have promoted our guides to their students in previous election cycles. When those schools were surveyed after each electoral cycle, they gave the guides an average rating of nearly 9 points on a 10-point scale.
How to Promote Voting in a School Library – We have compiled ways that your school library can promote civic engagement.
How to Register to Vote – This resource guides students through the process of registering to vote.
Including Voter Registration Information in Syllabuses – This resource provides examples of voter friendly syllabus language faculty members can insert into their syllabuses.
Incorporating Election Engagement into Your Courses – Faculty form trusted relationships with their students, allowing you to play a key role in student election engagement. Use these resources and approaches from CEEP to help students participate as informed voters.
Local Elections Guide – This guide takes students through various local elected positions and discusses their importance.
Mock Elections – This guide helps faculty create a mock election at their campus.
Mosby Court/VCU Model – This resource helps faculty navigate partnerships with non-partisan community organizations.
Post-Election Integrity Resource – This resource helps guide students through the process of electing a president. It addresses some common misconceptions students may have about the process.
Post-Election Online Announcement for Faculty – Faculty may want to address the election with their classes but given the constraints of online learning it may be difficult to hold conversations in real-time with students. We created prompts for faculty to post on discussion boards or announcement pages.
Presidential Candidate Guides – We created non-partisan candidate guides for Donald Trump and Joe Biden. These can be distributed online or in-person to students.
Presidential Impeachments in the United States – A Student Guide – This guide walks students through the process of impeaching a president and discusses how the Constitution shapes the process.
State Elections Guide – This guide takes students through various state elected positions and discusses their importance.
State Voter Registration PowerPoints – We have compiled voter registration information for every state and have condensed the information into quick PowerPoints. Whether you are a faculty member, staff member or a student these PowerPoints can be helpful to ensure that students are registered to vote on your campus.
Talking about Elections in Your Classroom – This is a guide to facilitate general classroom conversations about electoral participation.
The Road Ahead: Processing the 2020 Election – This resource assists faculty, staff and students in supporting students’ processes after Election Day.
Vote by Mail Video Series Part 1: COVID NO, Voting Yes – With concerns about COVID-19, you’re probably wondering how you can vote this fall. Check out this Campus Election Engagement Project video that explains an alternative to voting in person — voting by mail.
Vote by Mail Video Series Part 2: How Do I Vote by Mail? – Are you interested in voting by mail but unsure where to begin with the process? Check out this Campus Election Engagement Project video explaining the process of voting by mail.
Vote by Mail Video Series Part 3: Voting by Mail: Myths vs. Facts – Do you have concerns voting by mail this fall? Check out this Campus Election Engagement Project video debunking common myths surrounding the process.
Why STEM Majors Should Vote – This guide considers how some of the most popular STEM majors are connected to electoral engagement.