CLC earns award for student voter engagement

CLC Central Lakes College banner with the sky in the background
Central Lakes College banner. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Central Lakes College received a gold seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for achieving a student voter rate between 40-49%.

The ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.

“CLC is proud to receive this national recognition for our efforts,” Erich Heppner, director of student life, said in a news release. “Our faculty, staff, administrators, and students are committed to working together to reduce apathy, increase engagement, and graduate civic-minded students prepared to solve the country’s and the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Student participation in elections has increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%. CLC’s data reveals voter turnout increased to 45.2%, which is a 12.8% jump from the 2014 midterm election and higher than the national average.

“We are excited to honor Central Lakes College with an ALL IN Challenge gold seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, said in a news release. “More institutions like Central Lakes College are changing the culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”


The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. 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.

More than 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.

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