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Paid WorkElections Fellowship Opportunity: Help the OCE Recruit CSU Students to be Election Day Poll Workers

America is currently facing a shortage of poll workers for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. The OCE has a new partnership with WorkElections to recruit an on campus WorkElections Fellow at CSU. The WorkElections Student Fellows will earn a $1,000 stipend for their recruitment and engagement work on CSU's campus. The Fellowship will run from mid-September to November 3rd. To learn more about the requirements of the Fellowship visit: tinyurl.com/workelectionsfellows. If this Fellowship opportunity interests you please visit: tinyurl.com/workelections to apply. If you are interested in becoming an election day poll worker, but do not currently have the ability to commit to the WorkElections Fellowship, you can apply to be an election day poll worker here: www.powerthepolls.com/cvpm​​​​.​


Paid Opportunity
If you are interested in taking a more active role in CSU LWV or a broader role in civic engagement activities, the CSU OCE is currently accepting applications for 2020-2021 Democracy Fellows. Fellows are paid through either Campus Vote Project or Campus Election Engagement Project, and are supervised by Anita Ruf-Young, Program Coordinator and Interim Director of OCE. Campus Vote Project Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend and Campus Election Engagement Project Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend for their voter engagement work. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with many organizations in the Greater-Cleveland area including: The Greater-Cleveland League of Women Voters, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, Campus Vote Project, Campus Election Engagement Project, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Some activities Fellows may participate in can include; staffing voter engagement events, social media outreach, running voter registration tables, and working to spread critical nonpartisan election related information throughout CSU's campus. If becoming a Democracy Fellow is an opportunity you are interested in, please submit copy of your current resume, along with, a brief summary explaining why you are interested in this type of work or any previous experience you have had with this kind of work to, vikesvote@csuohio.edu, by May 20, 2020. 

CSU's Office of Civic Engagement 2020 Democracy Action Plan Showcased by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
The CSU Office of Civic Engagement's 2020 Democracy Action Plan to increase college student voter participation, civic and community engagement, and citizenship readiness was deemed to be one of the strongest submissions by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The plan was developed by Anita Ruf-Young, OCE Program Coordinator and Interim Director, and Nora Walsh, OCE Graduate Assistant. This plan was recognized by the national organization, ALL IN Democracy Challenge, as one of the top 10 strongest plans out of 170 submitted for 2020. The CSU Democracy Action Plan is featured on the All IN Democracy Challenges website for other universities to use as a reference. This Democracy Action Plan serves as CSU's roadmap for integrating and institutionalizing citizenship readiness into CSU’s campus culture. Learn more. »  

CSU's Office of Civic Engagement 2020 Democracy Action Plan Showcased by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
The CSU Office of Civic Engagement's 2020 Democracy Action Plan to increase college student voter participation, civic and community engagement, and citizenship readiness was deemed to be one of the strongest submissions by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The plan was developed by Anita Ruf-Young, OCE Program Coordinator and Interim Director, and Nora Walsh, OCE Graduate Assistant. This plan was recognized by the national organization, ALL IN Democracy Challenge, as one of the top 10 strongest plans out of 170 submitted for 2020. The CSU Democracy Action Plan is featured on the All IN Democracy Challenges website for other universities to use as a reference. This Democracy Action Plan serves as CSU's roadmap for integrating and institutionalizing citizenship readiness into CSU’s campus culture. Learn more. »  

Vikes Vote Program will Spur Civic Engagement among CSU Students
Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is committed to teaching students about the importance of voting and providing them with non-partisan information to guide their decision making. To raise civic engagement, the OCE will introduce a new curriculum called Vikes Vote to Introduction to University Life (ASC 101) in the Fall 2020 semester. Learn more. » 

2020 Ohio Presidential Primary
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, in-person voting will not be available for the 2020 Ohio Presidential Primary. The Office of Civic Engagement encourages you to vote by mail by printing off this absentee ballot request form and mailing it to your county board of elections. Once you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it back to your county board of elections. To make sure it is counted, your completed ballot must be received by your board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on April 28 OR be postmarked by April 27 and delivered by mail to your board of elections by May 8. Learn more. » 

If you do not have a printer, but still want to participate in the Primary- you can create your own vote-by-mail request. Learn more. » 

Get Registered to Vote, Vikes!
The Office of Civic Engagement with our partner Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (NOVA) are hosting voter registration tables to ensure that every CSU student has the opportunity to register to vote for this critical election year. Stop by our voter registration tables to fill out and submit voter registration paperwork. People will be onhand to answer answer any questions you may have. Learn more. »

AllInGoldSeal.pngCleveland State University received a gold seal as part of the 2019 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
The initiative seeks to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing voting participation among college student, and CSU was honored for achieving a student voting rate between 40% and 49%. “Cleveland State University is proud to receive this national recognition for our voter engagement efforts,” notes Anita Ruf-Young, program coordinator with the University’s Office of Civic Engagement. “We are firmly committed to assisting our students in becoming engaged citizens and active participants in the democratic process.” Learn more. »

September 2019:  September 24 is National Voter Registration Day 2019
Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cleveland Votes, The Board of Elections and The League of Women Voters, plans to register voters on Cleveland State University’s campus to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. Learn more. »

September 2019: The Office of Civic Engagement in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cleveland Votes, The Board of Elections and League of Women Voters Will Hold a Voter Registration Drive on National Voter Registration Day 2019, in time for the upcoming Election. 
The Office of Civic Engagement at Cleveland State University Joins over 3,500 Partners Nationwide in Massive Push to Register Voters on September 24. Learn more. »

September 2019: National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24
Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) will join organizations from around the region in celebrating National Voter Registration Day on September 24. As part of the festivities, OCE will sponsor a voter registration and information table in the CSU student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 24th. Learn more. »

March 2018: Addressing Community Needs: CSU Student Service Program Celebrates 20 Years
America Reads was created by the federal government in 1997 to enhance literacy and educational attainment in communities that are both economically and educationally distressed. In creating the initiative, President Bill Clinton asked colleges and universities to initially commit 50% of their Federal Work Study funds to support America Reads tutors serving in their communities. Cleveland State University joined the national initiative in 1998 and over the last two decades has built CSU America Reads into a highly effective, mutually beneficial, community-based partnership. Learn more. »

2015: Cleveland State University is awarded a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation  
Carnegie CEC Cleveland State University has been selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This prestigious national honor is highly sought-after by higher education institutions as an indicator of close connectivity to the public and private sectors in the region surrounding an institution.
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