Two Democracy Initiatives participants encourage Middlebury students to register to vote.

Our goal is to mobilize students to be active participants in our democracy.

Middlebury Does Democracy! (MiDD) - Our Student-Driven Campaign for Democracy

MiDD is our new collaborative, student-driven campaign for democratic engagement. Kicked off by student leaders in Athletics, the MiDD Team Challenge helps teams of students help each other, and others, to engage in the democratic process, vote, learn and share.

The Challenge sets out goals for engagement, and recognizes team achievement as we strive to reach every Middlebury student to ask about their plan for democratic engagement. 

 

Go MiDD! Learn more, register a Team, and get voting info here!

We facilitate the voting process for students, from supporting registration to providing transportation to the polls on Election Day. In advance of midterm and presidential elections, we host registration drives across campus to meet students where it is most convenient.

In addition to our “Get Out the Vote” efforts, we host and sponsor events that provide spaces for students to have productive discussions about civic engagement. We also focus on fostering stronger connections between the student body and local politics here in Vermont.

Register to Vote or Sign Up for an Absentee Ballot

Democracy Initiatives student leaders are helping students register to vote and request absentee ballots. Attend one of MiddVote’s voter registration events or contact MiddVote directly at middvote@middlebury.edu. For current and upcoming opportunities, be sure to follow MiddVote on Facebook.

Take the Pledge - Accountability is key. Make a plan to vote and stick to it!

Middlebury College is #ALLINTOVOTE

Middlebury is an All In To Vote campus participant! The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. In 2018 Middlebury College received a platinum seal for achieving a student rate of 50%+.

Institutions of higher education around the country are challenging each other to foster student registration and voting through student pledges to vote. The All In To Vote Pledge is a public affirmation to vote, and Pledge counts are tracked on a national leader board. 

Middlebury College is #allintovote. Pledge to Vote HERE

Faculty Resources

Faculty are a key resource in supporting student engagement in the democratic process! From your course content, discussions and readings, to the critical thinking, inquiry and analysis you lead students through, your work helps build students’ civic skills and identity. Here are some resources for thinking about how to embed democratic engagement in your courses: 

Campus Election Engagement Project - Voter Education resources (for faculty) 

Vote.org - Comprehensive voter registration and engagement resources

Students Learn, Students Vote Faculty Coalition resources

 

NESCAC Votes

Middlebury College, with Bowdoin College, cofounded NESCAC Votes, a voting challenge among NESCAC member schools. NESCAC schools will collaborate to collectively raise student voting rates in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

President Laurie Patton shares that NESCAC Votes provides, “an important signal to the nation that we value democratic engagement.”

Civic Nation provides support and advising for NESCAC Votes, and collaborates closely with The Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement and the Bowdoin College McKeen Center for the Common Good to implement the challenge. 

VoteTogether

Middlebury College is a participant in Civic Nation’s #VoteTogether initiative, a national campaign to increase voter participation by making voting fun and celebratory. MiddVote will continue to host #VoteTogether parties in Middlebury on future election days.

Middlebury’s NSLVE Results

Middlebury College participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Since NSLVE’s launch in 2013, more than 1,000 colleges and universities have signed up to receive their voting rates for federal elections (both midterm and presidential) from NSLVE, a signature initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.

You can check out Middlebury College’s 2016 report and 2018 report. Please note that this data includes the student body of all Middlebury schools and programs.

Jason Duquette-Hoffman

Assistant Director, Privilege & Poverty

Get Involved!
If you are interested in getting involved in or have any questions about MiddVote, feel free to contact Center for Community Engagement Assistant Director Jason Duquette-Hoffman, jduquettehoffman@middlebury.edu

Center for Community Engagement
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

communityengagement@middlebury.edu
(802) 443-3580