National Campaign

More than 60 student ambassadors from 30 colleges and universities across the country met at the Institue of Politics for the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement annual conference from September 21-23, 2018. The theme of the event this year was Activating Campus Voter Participation​ and the programming focused on how college students can increase voter participation and engagement on their campuses in this critical midterm election year and ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign. 

Throughout the three-day event, student ambassadors heard from a diverse group of speakers who provided insights into how to foster and expand voter engagement and participation campus. During a 90-minute Town Hall, conducted by John Della Volpe, IOP Director of Polling, participants had the opportunity to share their experiences and discuss a wide range of issues that impact the lives of young people in America.

The 2018 conference program was designed to catalyze broader student participation in civil political participation and engagement on college campuses. 

Find a schedule of conference sessions and speakers here.


Since 2003, the IOP-led alliance has held annual conferences to identify collaborative projects, foster engagement in electoral politics, assist students in pursuing careers in public service, and provide a foundation in civic education. Led by a team of Harvard undergraduates, the student representatives to the National Campaign collaborate to achieve concrete goals, such as working with local election offices to improve the voting experience for their campus communities. 

Participating colleges and universities include: Allegheny College, Arizona State University, Colby College, Davidson College, Elon University, Florida International University, Franklin and Marshall College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Howard University, Louisiana State University, Mercer University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, Saint Anselm College, Simpson College, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Delaware, University of Florida, University of Louisville, University of North Carolina, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Texas, Austin, University of Utah and the University of Virginia.

2018 National Campaign Conference