CSU Students Get Connected, Get
Informed and Get out the Vote
Higher education institutions across the country have
stepped up their efforts to increase voter participation
among youth ages 18 to 24. According to the New
Voters Project, less than half (36.1%) of young
people in this age group voted in the 2000 election.
Across California, CSU students recognize the importance
of young people’s participation in the political
process and are no strangers to making their voices
heard. This year, the California State Student Association
(CSSA) has teamed up with the New Voters Project, the
Chancellor's Office, and California Campus Compact to
launch the Election 2004 Campaign. The goal is to register
and turnout 40,000 new voters.
Below are just a few highlights of CSU programs. To
find out what is happening on your campus, contact your
- San Diego State’s Institute for Ethics and
Public Affairs will host a panel discussion titled,
and Inequality” on October 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Part of a symposium series, the event will engage
distinguished scholars in addressing questions about
the influence of money on the democratic process.
- San Francisco State University has taken a unique
approach to help the campus community and the public
better understand elections, political campaigns,
and campaign issues in a distinctive 2-unit course,
2004 Presidential Elections: Issues and Analysis."
With SFSU faculty experts and weekly guests, students
in the course will discuss the hottest issues on the
candidates’ platforms. SFSU has also been named
one of the top schools in the U.S. in voter registration,
according to a new Harvard
- San Marcos students enrolled in “Art and Digital
Video for the Web” are creating voter awareness
videos ranging from 30 to 60 seconds as part of a
partnership with Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).
ASI will judge the videos and the top ones will be
streamed from the student government website as well
as the Department of Visual and Performing Arts' website.
- With creative programming, Sonoma State University
is broadcasting to the campus community and the public
that the Fall 2004 election campaign matters! Coordinated
by the University Library, “It
Matters! Engage, Participate, Vote” is a
collaborative program designed to provide an opportunity
for the campus and local community to explore together
the notion of voting, civic engagement and what it
means to live in a democratic society.