NC College Voter Summit 2017

When: Friday, September 29, 2017 (10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Where: Elon University, Moseley Student Center, Elon, NC 

Who: Students and Campus Administrators (Faculty/Staff) who lead or support non-partisan, campus-wide civic and electoral engagement initiatives. We especially invite teams of administrators and students working as co-leaders of these efforts.

Cost: Free for students and faculty/staff of NC colleges and universities.

Summit Goals:

  • Share election engagement challenges, best practices, and resources, including lessons learned from 2016
  • Support students and administrators as they plan for campus-wide election engagement in 2017 and 2018
  • Share strategies for cultivating active citizenship beyond election engagement
  • Provide key info on NC elections and issues relevant to college student voters


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9:30 a.m.   Arrival and Check-in

10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  Opening Plenary: Educating for the Democracy We Want - Dr. Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education and director of NSLVE

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  Breakout Block 1

  • NC Voter Eligibility Rules and Conducting Voter Registration Drives - Ted Fitzgerald and Emily Lippolis, NC State Board of Elections, McKinnon D
  • Developing a Voter Engagement Action Plan - Debi Lombardi and Rachel Clay, Campus Vote Project, Moseley 215
  • Strategies for How Campuses Can Work with Their Local Board of Elections - Bob Frigo, Elon University and Kathy Holland, Alamance County Board of Elections, Moseley 216
  • Student Voting 101: A Primer for Student Leaders - Courtney Cochran, Campus Election Engagement Project, Moseley 217

12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m.   Lunch and Tabletop Discussions

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Plenary Panel: North Carolina’s Civic Climate

  • Dr. David McLennan, Meredith College
  • Professor Ted Shaw, UNC Center for Civil Rights, UNC School of Law
  • Rick Morse, UNC School of Government

1:50 - 2:40 p.m.   Breakout Block 2

  • Strategies for engaging citizens in local government - Rick Morse, UNC School of Government, McKinnon D
  • Tools for Improving Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy - Nancy Thomas, IDHE, Moseley 215
  • Young, Invincible, and Engaged: A Discussion of Issues that Motivate the Millennial Generation - Clarissa Unger, Young Invincibles, and Debi Lombardi, Campus Vote Project, Moseley 216

2:50 – 3:40 p.m.  Breakout Block 3

  • GOTV Visibility and Tactics - Taylor Moss, NCPIRG, and Katie Craig, UNC Chapel Hill, McKinnon D
  • Before and After the Vote: Engaged Citizenship - B.J. Ruddell, Duke University, Moseley 217
  • Gerrymandering 101 - Reggie Weaver, Common Cause NC, and Derick Smith, NC A & T State University, Moseley 215

3:50 – 4:20 p.m.  Closing Plenary: Engaging Youth in Local Elections and Local Politics - Mark Sanders, UNC Charlotte, & Amy Chiou, We’re the Future We Vote

4:20 p.m.   Ice Cream & Takeways?

4:30 p.m.   Adjourn

Recommended Pre-Reading

  • Politics 365: Fostering Campus Climates for Student Political Learning and Engagement (Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Tufts University, April 2017)
  • Democracy Counts 

Directions and Parking

Location: Elon University Moseley Campus Center, McKinnon Hall (Building #30 on the campus map.)
GPS address: 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244

Driving Directions & Parking
• Take Interstate 85/40 to Exit 140 (University Drive) and head north on University Drive.
• Turn right onto Boone Station Drive, and then immediately left at St. Mark's Church Road.
• Follow this road for 1.4 miles. Note the road's name changes to Williamson Avenue after crossing S. Church Street. You will cross railroad tracks as you enter campus.
• Turn right on Haggard Avenue.
• Take first left onto N. O’Kelly Avenue and then the first right into the McMichael parking lot behind the McMichael Science building.
• Please print and put this parking sign on your dashboard.
Walking to Moseley Campus Center:
• From the parking lot, cross N. O’Kelly Avenue.
• Cross the lawn and enter Moseley Campus Center through the west entrance (by the fountains). McKinnon Hall will be on your right.

Share your ideas and resources for engaging college students as voters and citizens during our Bright Ideas Showcase. Upload your Bright Idea to this slide deck

Want to learn more? about campus election engagement and the NC College Voter Summit? Check out our Campus Election Engagement Project or the re-cap of last year's summit

Follow our project on Twitter @CampusElectNC and use #VOTESUM17 for this event.

DISCLAIMER: This is a non-partisan event in accordance with Elon University's guidelines for political activities.