Although voting is by no means the only indicator of civic engagement, it is fundamental to any democracy. Understanding CSU student vote rates provides an important metric that can catalyze improvements in college programs, extracurricular experiences, and ultimately student learning and engagement. The message is clear for CSU students eligible to vote. Historically, CSU students have done that, and the hope is that we can do better in this and future elections.
The goal of the Lory Student Center, among others within the Student Affairs Division and across campus, has been to create and sustain a culture of voting and civic engagement so that wherever a student turns, someone reinforces its importance.
The central goal of LSC is to provide opportunities for learning in a community context with others, whether through student employment, intentionality in programs and services, participation in various student organizations or incidentally in LSC lounges, galleries and meeting spaces. What we do know is that community-driven environments, whether in-person or online, have a catalytic effect as they encourage students to interact in meaningful ways that deepens mutual understanding and leads to learning. more in-depth.
These interactions help students become more aware of their own values and how to apply them to their life on campus, in their communities, and to apply them later in life. For all of us, there is no better way to apply what we are learning, including understanding the privileges associated with participating in our civic responsibilities, than by exercising the right to vote.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for all of us, know that Lory Student Center and our campus community will continue to embrace opportunities for change in response to the changing needs of students in a democratic society. .
In anticipation of expanding student expectations for a global democratic society, the shift from elections and voting as episodic flashpoints every two or four years to embracing political dialogue, learning and fairness will be more educational and sustainable throughout the year.