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Hamline Receives “Platinum Seal” for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement


Platinum Seals are awarded to institutions that achieve a student participation rate over 50 percent. At 63.3 percent, Hamline had the overall highest voting rate at a private, four-year institution in the United States and the overall highest undergraduate voting rate at a private, four year institution.

“Hamline is proud to receive this national recognition for our efforts. Our faculty, staff, administrators, and students work together to increase civic engagement and to address the country, and the world’s, most pressing challenges,” said Hamline University President Dr. Fayneese Miller.

Efforts to engage students were led by Nur Mood, Hamline’s coordinator of social justice initiatives and strategic relations for the Middle East and North African regions.

“My partners across the university stepped up and together we registered our students and helped them get to the right polling place,” said Mood.

Hamline had a relatively high voter participation rate of 40.6 percent in 2014, and received a Silver Award. In 2018, university students increased that rate by over fifty percent -- by 22.6 percentage points.

Student participation in elections has increased from the 2014 midterm elections to the recent 2018 midterm elections. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%.

“We are excited to honor Hamline University with an ALL IN Challenge platinum seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like Hamline are changing culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative 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 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.

Written by staff.