UNC Greensboro places second in SoCon Voter Participation Championship
Greensboro, N.C. (January 15, 2020) – UNC Greensboro has earned second place in the “Southern Conference Voter Participation Championship.
The competition is part of “SoCon Votes,” a new initiative launched in 2016 that supports the 80,000 students in the Southern Conference to become active and engaged citizens. SoCon Votes is the first Division I Athletic Conference Championship for democratic engagement. The program is supported by the non-partisan, nonprofit program ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
UNCG finished the competition with a student voter participation rate of 39.7% in 2018 – a 16.1% increase from 2014.
“We are thrilled to see our student voting rate increase by 16% from the last midterm election,” said Kristina Gage, associate director for civic engagement in UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement. “We work with students every day who are engaging in the communities around them through leadership, service, and civic engagement. Increasing voter participation is another indication that UNCG students care deeply about the world around them and want to participate in and work for a stronger democracy.”
UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement is preparing for primary elections in North Carolina, including an event to kick off early voting on Feb. 13. Early voting will be on campus February 13-29 at the Kaplan Center for voters registered in Guilford County. Student Democracy Fellows will be hosting Voting 101 workshops and registration drives. To learn more, visit olce.uncg.edu/students/voting.
About UNC Greensboro
Led by Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., UNC Greensboro is 1 of only 59 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in NC with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members from 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.