Five New Schools Join Vote Everywhere
Fall 2017 is a season of new beginnings. At The Andrew Goodman Foundation, it is the commencement of brand new partnerships with colleges who have joined our signature Vote Everywhere program. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Alabama A&M University, Georgia State University, Mesa Community College, Spelman College, and University of San Francisco in our fight to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy.
Our new college and university partners signify a noteworthy shift in our program’s focus. We are now actively recruiting schools in states or counties where current voting restrictions increase barriers for student voters. We have also begun to focus on expanding the Vote Everywhere program to Minority Serving Institutions, which are required to enroll a particular percentage of minority students, as well as colleges and universities with a high population of low-income students.
Our hope is to continue to work with colleges and universities who have dedicated and talented students that will make strides to create change on their college campus and the extended community.
These five schools exemplify a commitment to developing engaged and civic-minded citizens. They also represent an opportunity to make a significant impact in uncharted regions, because it is the first time Vote Everywhere will be represented in the state of Georgia.
Read more about the new additions to our Vote Everywhere program below:
Alabama A&M University
Alabama A&M University is a small public university in Normal, Alabama. The school was originally founded in downtown Huntsville, Alabama by former slave, William Hooper Councill, in 1875. The student population hails from 44 states and 11 foreign countries.
Georgia State University
Georgia State University is an innovative public research university in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia founded in 1913. According to the U.S News & World Report (2017), it is one of the most diverse institutions in the United States. Georgia State University comprises of seven campuses and an undergraduate enrollment of 25,160 students.
Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College(MCC) is the largest institution of the Maricopa County Community College District. The area includes 10 regionally accredited colleges in Phoenix, Arizona with a cumulative enrollment of more than 200,000 students. In 2007, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) awarded MCC the CHEA Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes.
Spelman College was founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary. It is the oldest historically black college for women in America and considered a trailblazer in the education of women of African descent. The student body includes more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman is also a part of Atlanta University Center Consortium, the largest association of historically black institutions of higher learning in the world. Spelman’s mission is to, “empower the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspire a commitment to positive social change.”
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco is a premier Jesuit university, founded in 1855, located in the California Bay area. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,782 students. All programs at the University of San Francisco are designed to highlight its Jesuit mission. All students are required to participate in service-learning courses where academic coursework is coupled with volunteer work around the city of San Francisco.