Ringling College of Art and Design has again been recognized for its efforts to increase student voting. The College has been named an ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting. Ringling is one of only four colleges in Florida to receive the recognition.
The ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting recognizes colleges and universities across the United States for making intentional efforts to increase student voter participation. To be eligible for the recognition, the College had to:
- Participate in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
- Share 2020 NSLVE Reports with campus voting data
- Develop and submit a 2022 democratic engagement action plan
- Have a current signatory to ALL IN’s Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation
As part of the College’s commitment to student volunteerism and service-learning, Ringling hosts several in-person tabling events and large group presentations throughout the year. Activities begin at the start of New Student Orientation each August and continue at various events and activities throughout the year, including Constitution Day, and National Voter Registration Day. The College also connects students with local, state, and national resources and shares information on a number of related topics including requesting ballots, voting by mail, ballot guides, and elections laws.
“It’s an honor to be recognized in this way,” said College President Dr. Larry Thompson. “We take our commitment to preparing our students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners very seriously.”
During each election cycle, students can participate in a series of Get Ready Vote events that include music, chalk drawing, giveaways, and tabling to answer voting-related questions. Free shuttles are available to take students to vote early – and on Election Day.
“Through all of these activities, our goal is to give students the opportunity to explore how they can play a greater leadership role in the advocacy, understanding, and protection of the visual arts at the community, state, national, and international levels,” said Rachel Levey-Baker, director of student volunteerism and service-learning at Ringling College. Levey-Baker and a team of student volunteers lead the efforts.
In September, the College was also recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting” by Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine.