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 remarkable 83% of students described themselves as informed or very informed about the issues in the recent election (2016).
- 76% of students who registered were more aware of voter registration deadlines because of ROAR the Vote; and, three-quarters of this group also indicated that the campaign made them more aware about how to register to vote.
- Furthermore, among respondents who registered that semester (Fall 2016) and voted absentee, 69% indicated that the campaign made them more aware about how to request an absentee ballot.
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."