National Campaign

In 2003, the IOP established the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement in response to the growing number of college students who were increasingly active in community service yet not as engaged in the political process.  Since that time, we have seen enthusiasm for politics ebb and flow among Millennials; and throughout the Institute of Politics has been committed to working with 27 colleges and universities across the country dedicated to the mission of developing civic-minded and politically engaged students. The mission is focused on three key areas: engagement in electoral politics, helping students pursue a career in public service, and a foundation in civic education. Schools in the consortium lead in these areas, and seek to provide and coordinate information and opportunities for their students to become engaged and active public servants.

At Harvard, students on the National Campaign committee work closely with National Campaign Ambassadors from partner schools on joint projects.  Currently, students are working with their local election offices to improve the voting experience for their campus communities, and will create a report documenting their efforts

The National Campaign student committee at Harvard is dedicated to making voting easy and accessible to all Harvard students. Each fall, National Campaign coordinates the H-VOTE competition between upperclassman houses and freshman dorms to not only register students to vote, but to encourage and facilitate voting on campus, either via absentee ballot or in person at the polls on Election Day.

National Campaign has worked to enlist 21st century tools and technologies to make voting easy and accessible for all students. The committee was one of the first college organizations to pilot the online voter registration software TurboVote on Harvard's campus, and National Association of Secretaries of State for both the primary elections  and absentee voting in the general elections. National Campaign hosts roundtable discussions on campus on issues affecting college-aged voters.

Additionally, National Campaign is a member of a consortium of 27 schools around the country working to promote voting and civic engagement on their college campuses. Each fall, we host a conference at Harvard bringing representatives from these campuses to attend skills workshops, share the work they have done in the past year to promote civic engagement at their schools, and brainstorm ways to get students all over the country excited and politically and civically engaged.dditionally, National Campaign is a member of a consortium of 27 schools around the country working to promote voting and civic engagement on their college campuses. Each fall, we host a conference at Harvard bringing representatives from these campuses to attend skills workshops, share the work they have done in the past year to promote civic engagement at their schools, and brainstorm ways to get students all over the country excited and politically and civically engaged.

For more information, email Jesse Shelburne at JesseShelburne@college.harvard.edu.