2008 Election Engagement - Oregon Campus Successes
Oregon Campus Compact used our resources to hire an outreach staffer and hold a state-wide student training conference that focused both on electoral involvement and how to sustain long-term engagement. The conference keynoter was an 18-year-old Eastern Oregon University sophomore who’d been elected mayor of his hometown. Workshops ranged ways to get out the vote to how to establish a campus social justice program. The organization then sent the energized students back to their colleges and universities to work on voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout efforts. They distributed our general information and information on state-wide ballot measures to all the schools (Oregon almost always has major ballot initiatives). And they organized a Portland workshop where I spoke to faculty and staff from eight campuses. They collaborated with other non-partisan youth involvement groups and created a website where students and colleges shared ideas around the election.