Tri-C is among 31 colleges and universities selected as
codesigners for “Ask Every Student,”
a project of the
National Resource Consortium on Full Student Voter
Participation. Tri-C is the only Ohio school — and one of
two community colleges — on the list.
Other higher education institutions named Codesigner Campuses
include: Harvard University, Northwestern University, and
the University of Michigan.
The goal of Ask Every Student is to develop programs that
achieve 100% college student participation in elections.
Historically, young adults have voted at lower rates than older
“We want to empower students to become lifelong voters and
active citizens,” said Katie Montgomery, Tri-C’s director
of government relations. “Casting a ballot is the way we make
our voice heard and how we build our future.”
Ask Every Student
highlighted Tri-C’s “The Voting Experience” project as a best
practices model for democratic engagement. The exhibit
familiarizes students with the
process of registering to vote, researching candidates and
issues in a nonpartisan fashion, and casting ballots.
The Voting Experience debuted in 2018 as a hands-on display and
continued last year. It will be offered virtually in 2020 due to
the COVID-19 outbreak.
Motivating students to vote is woven into the College experience
at Tri-C. The school has been recognized as a
“Voter Friendly Campus” for its efforts to help students
participate in the political process.
The College also offers a year-round “Promote the Vote” campaign
and takes part in activities such as the Your Voice Matters
Youth Summit, an outreach event for high school students.