Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 

Content from Institute for Democracy & Higher Education Newsletter: Educating for a Stronger, Inclusive Democracy, NSLVE Deadline, New Guide

NSLVE Sign-up Deadline Extended to 3/31! Is your alma mater in the study? Campuses in your networks or regions? 

We know people who receive this newsletter are already affiliated with the 1,200+ colleges and universities participating in IDHE’s National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement. But what about your alma mater or local community college? Others in your networks? Help us help them improve student engagement in democracy by forwarding this newsletter and flagging this section. Flag this fast-approaching deadline: 3/31. NSLVE is a free service. Each participating campus receives a tailored, comprehensive report with students’ aggregate voting rates. 2020 reports will be released in September. For more:

If you have questions or concerns about the deadline, email us at for help

Full Statement Here

Today, we issue another letter to presidents and other institutional leaders (read here), building on our 2020 election season request, to use their community stature and influence to protect voting rights. 

We know that higher education faces unprecedented pressures due to the pandemic, financial strains, financial and emotional challenges to students, and more, yet we’re asking higher education to add one more thing to the to-do list. We hope that campuses will view this as an opportunity. And we promise to provide support along the way.

New IDHE “Making Sense of…” Guide

Want to start a conversation in the classroom or within your campus organization? IDHE’s “Making Sense of…” guides are a great place to begin. This month, we have a new conversation piece on vaccines, their current rollout in historical context, and what it means for issues of public health and equity. Access the guide here.

Full Statement Here

U.S. higher education has long recognized its civic mission. Clearly, that mission has shifted from efforts to provide students with apolitical civic engagement experiences to an urgent and more comprehensive democracy project. “Democracy” is a dynamic combination of political and social systems that, as we have seen in only the past few months, is neither universally embraced nor irreversible. Yet democracy’s core principles and practices – free and fair participation, inclusion and equal opportunity, ethical and reasoned public problem solving, accountable governance, adherence to truth and science, rejection of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, access to education and information – are also higher education’s ideals. Strengthening democracy through higher education requires strong and visible institutional commitment – especially when democracy’s core tenets are challenged.

IDHE supports this mission through applied research, resources, convening, and advocacy. Following the violent attacks in Atlanta this month, IDHE issued a statement to the community addressing our nation’s history, current social problems, and future support higher education must offer. If you haven’t yet seen it yet, you can read the full statement here, which includes reflections, resources, and how we see this as part of higher education’s mission in working towards the democracy we desire in the United States.

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