Clemson University has been announced as a Voter Friendly Campus for 2023-24. This is the fourth iteration of the program, sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) —Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Clemson is one of 258 campuses in 38 states and the District of Columbia recognized for planning and implementing practices that encourage students to register and vote in the 2022 elections and in coming years. Institutions designated Voter Friendly Campuses represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural and urban campuses, collectively serving over 3.5 million students.
The mission of the 2023 Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster colleges and universities’ efforts in helping students overcome barriers to participating in the election process. Clemson was evaluated based on a written plan for how it registered, educated and turned out student voters in 2022 — as well as voter engagement facilitation on campus. A strength of Clemson’s initiative — Clemson Votes — is the cross-institutional collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
“We are honored to be named a Voter Friendly Campus by NASPA,” said Kate Radford, director of leadership education and development in the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement. “This builds on the University’s previous recognition as part of the inaugural ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting class in 2022. We are proud of our students’ efforts and commitment to civic engagement and service.”
Clemson has made a strong statement about its civic mission and preparing students to be engaged participants in our democracy and is eager to continue engaging students through 2023, 2024 and beyond.