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Political Engagement


What is Political Engagement?

Political engagement means playing an active role in your community (locally, nationally, or internationally) by being involved in the democratic process, participating in public life, and collaborating with community organizations to solve community problems.

RCCL convenes the Committee for Political Engagement, and also advises student organizations with a political focus, including the College Democrats and the College Republicans. We also serve as a resource for other student organizations planning activities with a political focus, such as awareness groups, fraternities, and sororities. 

Voter Registration Drives

Voting is one of the key ways that you can contribute to the democratic process. RCCL partners with the Rochester chapter of the League of Women Voters to get students registered to vote and out to the polls. Students can choose to register to vote using their UR address, which allows them to vote here on campus at the Saunders Research building. Alternately, they can register with their home address and request an absentee ballot, which RCCL will mail free of charge. 

The National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE)

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University conducts the NSLVE at colleges and universities across the country. The study indicates voting rates of students enrolled at institutions and compares them across election cycles. Click here to view the University of Rochester's NSLVE data for 2016. 

Student with Sign

#TurnOutForWhat documents
why UR community votes

November 3, 2014

In an effort to increase awareness of and participation in the democratic process, the University of Rochester’s Committee for Political Engagement (CPE) held a two-day photo shoot on October 28-29 called #TurnOutForWhat to document and share photos of Rochester students, faculty, and staff identifying what issues compel them to vote.

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Students at Inauguration

Campus style, Committee for Political Engagement

October 1, 2014

Committee for Political Engagement (CPE), a student-driven organization devoid of partisan affiliation and dedicated to building political awareness and participation at UR and beyond.

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