In 2018, IUPUI was ranked among the best colleges in the nation for student voting. In the same year, IUPUI received a Bronze rating from the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge. For a group of IUPUI students, civic engagement goes beyond Election Day.
Twenty IUPUI Latino Student Association (LSA) members joined local community members to take part in a nonpartisan phone bank on November 3, 2018. The phone bank was hosted by the organization, ACT Indiana. Participating organizations included community churches and religious organizations. The students who attended shared why they were asking others to get out and vote.
LSA members said that reminding others, especially their peers, to vote was important because during the last election there was a low millennial voter turnout. They hoped that this would continue to change. The Census showed 23 percent of young adults aged 18-34 voted in 2014.
IUPUI staff member Mariana Lopez-Owens also joined the effort. She was motivated to help others know their rights to vote given the expanded voting locations offered during this year’s mid-term election. Mariana shared, “I volunteered to encourage eligible voters to vote because it’s their right and responsibility.”
“There was so much at stake in the 2018 Midterm elections both for current and future generations, and eligible voters have the power to do something about it,” Mariana said.
Cindy Gil, Director of Latino Affairs with the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, said that seeing so many IUPUI students involved with get out the vote efforts, as well as voting, are both positive indicators of an engaged student community.
“Our students demonstrate through their involvement that they have a deep desire to help create positive change for all families and communities. Seeing our students make calls to remind others to get out and vote, reminded me that if you want to go far, go together. Clearly, our IUPUI student volunteers hope that with the support of others throughout the state, we can all go farther.”