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Civic Engagement

Committee for Political Engagement

The Committee for Political Engagement (CPE) is a non-partisan, student-coordinated initiative that encourages students to be politically engaged and active participants in the democratic process. RCCL convenes this initiative and works closely with members.

The core of CPE's work is voter registration, information, and promotion. Throughout the year, CPE also provides opportunities for issue education, conferences, grassroots organizing workshops, internships, and more. The committee works closely with the College Democrats and College Republicans, which are advised by RCCL, as well as other campus organizations. 

For information on voter registration, check out our Voter Registration Guide.

If you have questions about CPE, or how it can help your organization's members become more active citizens, please contact us.

Getting More Involved at Rochester

Our Beyond Election Day PDF is a great guide for concrete ways to engage politically outside of the voting booth.

Students interested in pursuing academic research and internships in local, state, or federal government are encouraged to contact faculty in their department or in the Department of Political Science. A number of study abroad programs are also available for students interested in research and internship opportunities abroad.

Other student organizations that encourage participation in local and national affairs through on- and off-campus programming include the following:

National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement

In the fall of 2003, the University of Rochester was one of 22 schools invited to join the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement, an initiative of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Participating schools work individually and collectively to develop programs on electoral politics, build foundations in civic education, and provide resources and information on careers in public affairs and politics.

Selected Rochester students have the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.