UToledo Awarded Grant from Campus Vote Project to Encourage Student Civic Engagement

September 23, 2020 | News, UToday, Student Affairs
By Staff

The University of Toledo is partnering with the Campus Vote Project to encourage students to participate in the political process.

UToledo received a $1,000 mini-grant from Campus Vote Project, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with colleges and universities across the country to normalize and institutionalize student voting, to increase voter registration and turnout for the 2020 election.

Campus Vote Project Poster“We are very excited to increase civic engagement on our campus,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, associate vice president for student success and inclusion in the UToledo Division of Student Affairs. “These funds will assist our efforts in gaining recognition as a Voter Friendly Campus, which will enable UToledo to apply for additional funding and develop a strategic plan to increase our engagement efforts.”

In addition to the mini-grant, the Campus Vote Project provides two democracy fellowships to current UToledo students who will provide leadership for the project. Leticia Skrabut, a junior majoring in political science, and Kyra Valentine, a junior in political science and special education, have been awarded the fellowships.

“I am excited to receive this fellowship and work towards a more involved voting community on our campus,” Skrabut said.

“Not only is voting our civic duty, but as young people, we want our voices heard and we want to select candidates who will execute what we want to see in our society,” Valentine said.

For more information about getting involved in the Campus Vote Project at UToledo, contact Soliz at 419.530.5323 or michele.soliz@utoledo.edu.

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