In 2003, the IOP established the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement in response to the growing number of college students who were increasingly active in community service yet not as engaged in the political process. Since that time, we have seen enthusiasm for politics ebb and flow among Millennials; and throughout the Institute of Politics has been committed to working with twenty five colleges and universities across the country dedicated to the mission of developing civic-minded and politically engaged students. The mission is focused in three key areas: engagement in electoral politics, helping students pursue a career in public service, and a foundation in civic education. Schools in the consortium lead in these areas, and seek to provide and coordinate information and opportunities for their students to become engaged and active public servants.
At Harvard, the National Campaign committee is responsible for coordinating HVOTE, the IOP-sponsored campaign to get the students of Harvard College registered, educated and mobilized for all elections. H-VOTE has been in effect each fall since 2002, and includes a massive effort to reach all freshmen on Study Card Day; a House and freshman dorm competition to get the most students to pledge to vote; advertisement of registration and absentee ballot deadline information; creating methods of educating students on candidate and issue information through debates, House events, discussions and activities, and providing students with state-specific information including absentee ballot information, deadlines, and candidate information through our partnership with TurboVote.
Learn more about the National Campaign Program.