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WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and the National Historically Black Colleges & Universities Alumni Associations Foundation (NHBCUAAF) have announced a new civic engagement initiative among historically black colleges in the countries and universities (HBCU) to increase voter engagement among under-represented groups.
The goal of this year-long initiative is to promote a more equitable and inclusive democracy, to involve students in federal, state and local elections, and to help overcome ever-evolving barriers to voting. In an age when students face the COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice, and the challenges of American democracy, HBCUs must find new and more effective ways to educate, engage, innovate and invest in participatory governance.
In 2020, the American Association of Colleges & Universities reported that young adults were the least engaged members of the American electorate for more than four decades. In 2016, the political dynamic changed with students leading GOTV (Get Out the Vote) campaigns across the country. Thus, between 2016 and 2020, young men and women increased their participation in presidential elections by 5 to 10%.
The civic engagement program will initially work with a core group from HBCU in North Carolina with the goal of mobilizing 100 students on each campus to serve as student ambassadors for the voter registration, education, mobilization and project. output of the vote (VREM GOTV). Participating schools include Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Livingstone College, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, and Shaw University. Integrated programming and activities will take place at each facility, including creating and disseminating information about the importance of voting, hosting podcasts and fireside chats on voter suppression, and using social media to educate, empower and encourage students to register to vote.
The American electorate is increasingly young and diverse, as reported by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. Through dedicated programming to help students deepen their electoral engagement, TMCF and NHBCUAAF address some of the country’s most difficult issues while creating immediate and long-term impact with communities of color.
âWe are extremely pleased to join with the NHBCUAAF in bringing together progressive voices to promote and affirm the power of civic engagement,â said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Tyrone Couey, NHBCUAAF President, added: âThis partnership will have a huge impact on the lives of thousands of young men and women in HBCUs who too often face almost insurmountable obstacles in exercising their right to vote.
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the largest organization in the country exclusively representing the Black College community. TMCF member schools include historically black colleges and universities and predominantly black state-funded institutions, which host nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the primary and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers looking for top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
TMCF is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) charity. For more information on TMCF, visit: www.tmcf.org.
About the National Historically Black Colleges & Universities Alumni Associations Foundation
Established in 2016, NHBCUAAF is a leading organization made up of former HBCU leaders and associates. We are experienced professionals with the knowledge, skills and expertise to provide technical assistance to HBCUs and other institutions on a wide range of topics. We deliver our products, advice and services with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.
NHBCUAAF is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information on NHBCUAAF, visit: www.nhbcuaa.org.
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