Students from these California campuses were selected in January 2020 to participate in California Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at California Campus Compact member campuses throughout the state.
College of the Canyons
Addressing the goals stated in College of the Canyons’ 2020 Engage the Vote Action Plan, student fellows will provide leadership roles over the College’s Engage the Vote Action Team. This team will work to increase voter awareness, registration, and participation throughout the campus community. Engage the Vote activities will include, facilitating dialogues, visiting classrooms, and creating short “Why I Vote” videos. Students will also participate on-site as College of the Canyons serves as a Los Angeles County 2020 Vote Center this March. Fellows will also help educate students, faculty, and staff about the Census and the importance of being counted.
“Wildcats Vote! Wildcats Count!” Campaign: This effort is in collaboration with several units on campus including Civic Engagement; Student, Life, and Leadership; First-Year Experience; the Cross Cultural Leadership Center; other campus departments, and community organizations. Events such as tabling, community forums, and themed events will focus on registering voters and educating students about the upcoming election and census. Additionally, a cadre of students will be trained to do educational class talks at the request of course instructors. The efforts will focus on student participation and representation but will also engage students in raising awareness in their home communities and on/off-campus
CSU Dominguez Hills
The CESF Fellow will serve as a bridge between campus newspaper and campus, community and local city groups and departments by researching and reporting on voter engagement and youth voice initiatives happening on and off campus. The reporting will culminate in a four-part series that will run in the student newspaper exploring what efforts, if any, are being made on campus and the community to increase voter engagement, and whether the concerns of youth have a forum to be expressed.
CSU Los Angeles
Serving 28,000 students in the heart of Los Angeles, Cal State LA is positioned to provide students meaningful curricular and co-curricular opportunities. In order to provide meaningful civic engagement opportunities to our diverse student population, we are hoping to focus our activities around two important upcoming events: the 2020 Presidential Election and the 2020 Census. Cal State LA was recently declared number one on the nation for upward mobility. We are regionally and nationally recognized for our diverse student population. As a result, many of our students, their families, and their communities may be impacted by upcoming legal decisions and legislative actions. We wish to partner with our fellows to plan and implement outreach and educational programs designed to enhance voter participation, awareness regarding upcoming legal decisions and legislative actions, as well as census participation. Our goal is to encourage all students, their families, and their communities to be counted, their voices heard, and their needs to be understood by decision makers. We wish for our students to learn and know how to participate in civic life, particularly those from underserved communities. Student fellows will learn how these challenges might affect participation and serve as civic ambassadors to all Cal State LA students.
CSUN’s student leaders will plan and host several activities to engage our students in participating in the democratic process and become active members in their own communities. The events include having the guest speaker event in January, planning two large student events of Big Politics and We the People Fair. In addition, the student leaders are working closely with the California Election Commission on making CSUN a polling place for the primary (and hopefully) the general elections. Our polling site would be open for four days prior to the election and election day.
For the past five years, the Community Engagement Center (CEC) at Sacramento State has collaborated with our on- and off-campus partners to plan and implement Constitution and Civic Engagement Programs (CCEP). The goal of CCEP is to provide educational programming about the U.S. Constitution and civic engagement for the campus community. Next year, CCEP events will focus on Census 2020 and voter engagement. During spring 2020, the CEC will incorporate civic engagement and outreach activities with the following events and initiatives: Sacramento County Voter Outreach 2020, Sac State Alternative Spring Break, Census 2020 and the Democracy 2020 Youth Film Challenge.
Loyola Marymount University
This activity focuses on the community engagement of two student leaders to focus their service on some aspect of voter engagement with an academic center or student club on campus. Two possibilities are The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles (StudyLA) and the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. Though in two different spheres of campus, each unit relates to an aspect of student engagement.
The Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE) will engage two YVYV fellows to support and expand our new Civic Engagement track that will provide exceptional programming and thoughtful initiatives to embolden youth voice, increase student awareness, and support lifelong civic engagement.
Saint Mary’s College
This year we have been moved by world leaders, including youth climate activist Greta Thunberg, calling us to take action on climate change. Inspired by a largely youth-led movement, Saint Mary’s College aims to amplify discussions and civic participation around issues of Climate Justice through a weeklong series of events. The CACC Students Fellows will work collaboratively as well as independently to ensure the success of the a variety of programs, youth voice, and engagement opportunities including a Climate Justice festival bringing together on and off campus partners to showcase climate action, workshops on issues of race and justice, hosting speakers, an eco art show, movie screenings, tabling events and much more. Combined, these activities will increase knowledge of climate issues and encourage youth voice and voting.
San Jose State University
Two Community Engagement Student Fellows (CESF) will organize, implement and support voter registration drives on the San Jose State campus, using printed and electronic resources provided by the national organization, Students Demand Action. In addition, the Fellows will organize and implement a campus-community summit to discuss issues concerning student voters, with a focus on gun violence and common-sense gun legislation to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from access to guns. Fellows’ service will assist service-learning efforts conducted by students enrolled in Political Science classes, and support events related to celebrating Women’s Suffrage.
Sonoma State University
The SSU CAC CE Student Fellow Youth Voice~Youth Vote will consist of two positions. One Fellow will be working researching on ballot measures that will culminate in a public forum that will be streamed for the community. This student will most likely be a political science major. The second Fellow will work closely with Associated Students to promote voter registration and voter engagement.
UCLA has been and plans to continue to be a leader in promoting student voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, our promotions have yielded an increase in student voting each election year. While our efforts are proven we have more work to do in three key areas: 1) Fostering a culture where students can discover their political beliefs and learn how they want to participate in and engage with the democratic process; 2) Develop strategies to increase and improve our engagement of faculty; and 3) Engage under-represented students, including both students who statistically vote at lower rates as well as students who are unable to vote in U.S. elections. The opportunity to participate in the California Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF-YVYV) program will really help us explore these areas of focus and ultimately improve our campus wide program.
The Community Engagement Student Fellow at UC Merced will facilitate a forum in which high school students educate registered voters in the community on what an elected official does, what their responsibilities are and how their decisions have a direct impact on their lives. The CESF Fellow will be responsible for creating partnerships with local high schools for outreach; the goal is to recruit local high school students who are interested in making their youth voice be heard and want to take part in an educative non-bias forum in the community.
UC San Diego
The Voter Engagement Fellows will support the efforts of Associated Students’ Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) at the University of California, San Diego with voter engagement activities that increase the knowledge, skills, and disposition of students to be active participants in a representative democracy. The fellows will learn to how to carry out voter registration, education, and mobilization activities on our campus in preparation for the Fall 2020 Presidential Election.
University of San Francisco
University of San Francisco’s CESF-YVYV Fellows will expand and enhance our existing USFVotes initiative by leading voter registration and turnout events, and designing and implementing voter education programs, including candidate and issue forums. This work aligns with USF’s vision of developing “leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world,” and advances youth democratic participation to strengthen our communities. Fellows will work under the mentorship of staff at USF’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and alongside other student leaders and peer volunteers to foster a participatory and informed voting culture on campus and beyond.