Who we are
Civic learning and democratic engagement initiatives at the Rochester Institute of Technology are led, primarily, by two units: The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Government and Community Relations. These units, in partnership with students, faculty, and staff from across the University, work collaboratively to elevate (and de-stigmatize) the discourse on campus related to civic and democratic engagement, develop meaningful and relevant opportunities for students to actively engage in civic learning and democratic engagement opportunities, and increase the percentage of students who vote in local, state, and national elections.
Since the inception of ROAR the Vote some impressive changes have happened here at RIT including:
- A 7% increase in voting rates among RIT students from 2012 (32%) to 2016 (39%); and, a 10% increase (45% to 55%) in the voting rate among registered students during that same time period.
- A 18% increase in voting rates among RIT students from 2014 (8%) to 2018 (26%); and a 23% increase (15% to 38%) in the voting rate among registered students during that same time period.
- A 34% increase in the number of students registered to vote between 2014 (n=7555) and 2018 (n=10,076).
National Study of Learning Voting and Engagement
"The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting."