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The Office of Civic Engagement Partners with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to Help Fill a Critical Need for Election Night Ballot Box Openers

***CSU Vikings Needed - Several Positions Available for One Night - $15 Per Hour***

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is looking for assistance in unloading vans on their dock, transferring ballot boxes to carts for processing, and opening and organizing ballot boxes on election night Tuesday May 3, 2022. The Office of Civic Engagement is hopeful that CSU Vikings can help the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. They need a minimum of 125 individuals to assist them with this important democratic process! This opportunity provides a behind-the-scenes view of the election night processes, as well as supporting and safeguarding our county’s voting rights.   

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The Cuyahoga County Public Library is hiring a Student Success Manager. Apply today!

The Student Success Manager provides oversight and supervision of structured educational programming; including academic support and grade level reading programming for youth. This includes, but is not limited to, the creation, selection, adaptation and evaluation of program content and outcomes through data analysis. 

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The Office of Civic Engagement Will Host Several Voter Registration Tables Spring Semester 2022

During Fall Semester 2021, the Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), with our civic engagement partner, NOVA, registered 192 CSU community members to vote, 112 filled out Vote By Mail forms, and 81 of the 304 that registered to vote or filled out a Vote By Mail form completed both forms.

This semester OCE will be hosting several Voter Registration Tables across campus on between March 9 and April 4, 2022. Be sure to stop by if you need to register to vote, update your registration, or register to vote by mail.

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Cleveland State University Joins Campuses Nationwide in Receiving “Voter Friendly” Designation

Cleveland State University joins over 231 campuses across 37 states and the District of Columbia in receiving the “Voter Friendly Campus” designation, an initiative led by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process.

CSU’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), housed in the Maxine Goodman School of Urban Affairs, earned this designation based on a Democracy Action Plan submitted by OCE Director, Anita Ruf-Young, and OCE Graduate Assistant, Anthony Kukura. Due to COVID-19, the OCE had to modify its Democracy Action Plan and rethink how we could still engage with our campus community in a safe and meaningful way during a critical election year that required hybrid learning. The plan provided a roadmap on how they would register, educate and turnout student voters in 2020, along with a final analysis of their efforts.

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September 28 is National Voter Registration Day 2021 

National Voter Registration Day

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is a proud partner of National Voter Registration Day. The OCE, in collaboration with our partners, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, Campus Vote Project, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Alpha Kappa Alpha, CSU Student Government Officers, Cleveland NAACP, and the Greater Cleveland League of Women Voters, plans to register students and community members on Cleveland State University’s campus to celebrate NVRD.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2021, OCE will host voter registration tables as part of a massive cross-country effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters in person and online.

WHERE: Cleveland State University Campus, in the Student Center on the second floor of the Inner Link, Ronald Berkman Hall on the first floor, and the outdoor plaza between the Student Center, Ronald Berkman Hall, and the Michael Schwartz Library.

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Paid Student Voter Engagement Fellowship Opportunities through Campus Vote Project and the OCE
The Campus Vote Project (CVP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America's colleges and universities to get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves and turn out at the polls. Fellows will lead their campus with voter registration, voter education, and voter engagement for the spring semester 2021. Fellows will work with the CSUOffice of Civic Engagement to help register and engage the CSU community in the election process, and work to institutionalize voter and civic engagement on campus. Fellows will receive orientation, training, support, and guidance from CVP. The application deadline is December 7, 2020. Learn more. »


Why You Should Vote in 2020
OCE Democracy Fellow Cara Robbins has written an article for the CSU Vindicator about why CSU students should vote in 2020. Learn more. »


Office of Civic Engagement Acknowledges 2020 National Voter Registration Day

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On September 22, 2020, OCE Interim Director, Anita Ruf-Young, and OCE Graduate Assistant, Anthony Kukura, along with Campus Vote Project, Campus Election Engagement Project, and WorkElections Democracy Fellows, engaged with over 100 CSU students by helping them register to vote, update their registration, apply to vote by mail, and educating them about how to apply to be an election day poll worker. 


Get Registered to Vote, Vikes!
The Office of Civic Engagement is hosting voter registration tables to ensure that every CSU student has the opportunity to register to vote for this critical election year. Stop by our voter registration tables to fill out and submit voter registration paperwork. While you are at the tables, sign up to volunteer to be a poll worker for the general election on Novermber 3, 2020Poll workers are essential to ensuring that our elections are fair, and in doing so, maintain the traditions of our past and our hope for the future.  Learn more. »


American Reads Tutoring Program Continues Virtually in Pandemic
Despite restrictions the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement—in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library—innovates new avenues to connect with students, kindergarten through eighth grade. Learn more. »


America Reads and Viking Corps: A Year in Review, 2019-2020
CPL America Reads and Viking Corps student workers contributed 6,156 service hours while engaging and assisting a total of 8,302 Greater-Cleveland community members at a total of 22 Office of Civic Engagement partner organization sites. Learn more. »


CSU League of Women Voters Student Organization Update
The CSU League of Women Voters, in coordination with the CSU Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), has begun to plan for next year. Many students have expressed interest in this new CSU student organization and we are reaching out to you for help. If you have not had a chance to take our CSU LWV issue interest survey, we have extended the deadline due to COVID-19, so there is still time to respond. The survey takes less the three minutes, and can be accessed here. If you have not had the opportunity to join the LWV, you can register online here. If you are interested in joining or promoting our organization, please contact vikesvote@csuohio.edu. Also, please feel free to pass along our CSU LWV informational flyer.


Paid Opportunity
Paid WorkElections Fellowship Opportunity: Help the OCE Recruit CSU Students to be Election Day Poll Workers

America is currently facing a shortage of poll workers for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. The OCE has a new partnership with WorkElections to recruit an on campus WorkElections Fellow at CSU. The WorkElections Student Fellows will earn a $1,000 stipend for their recruitment and engagement work on CSU's campus. The Fellowship will run from mid-September to November 3rd. To learn more about the requirements of the Fellowship visit: tinyurl.com/workelectionsfellows. If this Fellowship opportunity interests you please visit: tinyurl.com/workelections to apply. If you are interested in becoming an election day poll worker, but do not currently have the ability to commit to the WorkElections Fellowship, you can apply to be an election day poll worker here: www.powerthepolls.com/cvpm​​​​.​


Paid Opportunity
If you are interested in taking a more active role in CSU LWV or a broader role in civic engagement activities, the CSU OCE is currently accepting applications for 2020-2021 Democracy Fellows. Fellows are paid through either Campus Vote Project or Campus Election Engagement Project, and are supervised by Anita Ruf-Young, Program Coordinator and Interim Director of OCE. Campus Vote Project Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend and Campus Election Engagement Project Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend for their voter engagement work. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with many organizations in the Greater-Cleveland area including: The Greater-Cleveland League of Women Voters, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, Campus Vote Project, Campus Election Engagement Project, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Some activities Fellows may participate in can include; staffing voter engagement events, social media outreach, running voter registration tables, and working to spread critical nonpartisan election related information throughout CSU's campus. If becoming a Democracy Fellow is an opportunity you are interested in, please submit copy of your current resume, along with, a brief summary explaining why you are interested in this type of work or any previous experience you have had with this kind of work to, vikesvote@csuohio.edu, by May 20, 2020. 


CSU's Office of Civic Engagement 2020 Democracy Action Plan Showcased by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
The CSU Office of Civic Engagement's 2020 Democracy Action Plan to increase college student voter participation, civic and community engagement, and citizenship readiness was deemed to be one of the strongest submissions by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The plan was developed by Anita Ruf-Young, OCE Program Coordinator and Interim Director, and Nora Walsh, OCE Graduate Assistant. This plan was recognized by the national organization, ALL IN Democracy Challenge, as one of the top 10 strongest plans out of 170 submitted for 2020. The CSU Democracy Action Plan is featured on the All IN Democracy Challenges website for other universities to use as a reference. This Democracy Action Plan serves as CSU's roadmap for integrating and institutionalizing citizenship readiness into CSU’s campus culture. Learn more. »  


Vikes Vote Program will Spur Civic Engagement among CSU Students
Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is committed to teaching students about the importance of voting and providing them with non-partisan information to guide their decision making. To raise civic engagement, the OCE will introduce a new curriculum called Vikes Vote to Introduction to University Life (ASC 101) in the Fall 2020 semester. Learn more. » 


2020 Ohio Presidential Primary
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, in-person voting will not be available for the 2020 Ohio Presidential Primary. The Office of Civic Engagement encourages you to vote by mail by printing off this absentee ballot request form and mailing it to your county board of elections. Once you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it back to your county board of elections. To make sure it is counted, your completed ballot must be received by your board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on April 28 OR be postmarked by April 27 and delivered by mail to your board of elections by May 8. Learn more. » 

If you do not have a printer, but still want to participate in the Primary- you can create your own vote-by-mail request. Learn more. » 


Get Registered to Vote, Vikes!
The Office of Civic Engagement with our partner Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (NOVA) are hosting voter registration tables to ensure that every CSU student has the opportunity to register to vote for this critical election year. Stop by our voter registration tables to fill out and submit voter registration paperwork. People will be onhand to answer answer any questions you may have. Learn more. »


AllInGoldSeal.pngCleveland State University received a gold seal as part of the 2019 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
The initiative seeks to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing voting participation among college student, and CSU was honored for achieving a student voting rate between 40% and 49%. “Cleveland State University is proud to receive this national recognition for our voter engagement efforts,” notes Anita Ruf-Young, program coordinator with the University’s Office of Civic Engagement. “We are firmly committed to assisting our students in becoming engaged citizens and active participants in the democratic process.” Learn more. »


September 2019:  September 24 is National Voter Registration Day 2019
Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cleveland Votes, The Board of Elections and The League of Women Voters, plans to register voters on Cleveland State University’s campus to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. Learn more. »


September 2019: The Office of Civic Engagement in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cleveland Votes, The Board of Elections and League of Women Voters Will Hold a Voter Registration Drive on National Voter Registration Day 2019, in time for the upcoming Election. 
The Office of Civic Engagement at Cleveland State University Joins over 3,500 Partners Nationwide in Massive Push to Register Voters on September 24. Learn more. »


September 2019: National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24
Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) will join organizations from around the region in celebrating National Voter Registration Day on September 24. As part of the festivities, OCE will sponsor a voter registration and information table in the CSU student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 24th. Learn more. »


March 2019: CSU Earns Voter Friendly Campus Designation
Cleveland State University has earned the “Voter Friendly Campus” designation through a program sponsored by the Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project and NAPSA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The “Voter Friendly Campus” program requires campuses to develop, implement, and submit a report analyzing the results on how they encouraged their students to register and vote. Learn more. »


March 2018: Addressing Community Needs: CSU Student Service Program Celebrates 20 Years
America Reads was created by the federal government in 1997 to enhance literacy and educational attainment in communities that are both economically and educationally distressed. In creating the initiative, President Bill Clinton asked colleges and universities to initially commit 50% of their Federal Work Study funds to support America Reads tutors serving in their communities. Cleveland State University joined the national initiative in 1998 and over the last two decades has built CSU America Reads into a highly effective, mutually beneficial, community-based partnership. Learn more. »


2015: Cleveland State University is awarded a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation  
Carnegie CEC Cleveland State University has been selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This prestigious national honor is highly sought-after by higher education institutions as an indicator of close connectivity to the public and private sectors in the region surrounding an institution.
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