President Cindy Jebb Signed on to ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge’s Higher Education President’s Commitment
(MAHWAH, NJ) Ramapo College of New Jersey has joined more than 300 colleges and universities in committing to full student voter registration and participation in all elections through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN). To support full student voter participation of all eligible students, ALL IN and its Higher Education Presidents Council has launched a call to action for higher education presidents and chancellors to fully engage their campuses and students in electoral participation. A full list of signatories can be found here.
“Ramapo students lead boldly in many ways. The high regard in which they hold the right, privilege, and responsibility to vote is inspiring and reflects our mission to develop ethical and civic leaders,” said Ramapo College President Cindy Jebb.
During the 2020 presidential election, more than 77% of the Ramapo College student body voted, which is more than 11% above the national average on campuses, earning the gold award from ALL IN Challenge for the second year in a row.
“Today, young people are truly seeing how the decisions their elected officials make impact their everyday lives, and in this critical time, ensuring that they are able to make their voices heard safely is critical,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “We are excited to partner with higher education leaders across the country to change the culture at colleges and universities around engagement in our country’s political process. We are calling on all college presidents to make this commitment to their students, campuses and communities.”
By signing the pledge, Ramapo College committed to ensuring all eligible students are able to register to vote and cast informed ballots in the general elections and beyond. Further, they committed to fostering campus cultures that support nonpartisan student civic learning, political engagement and student voter participation, spearheaded on campus by the Civic and Community Engagement Center.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative of the 501c3 Civic Nation, recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.
More than 800 campuses, enrolling more than 9.2 million students, have joined ALL IN since its launch in summer 2016.
Source: Ramapo College