NC College Voter Summit

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Launched in 2016, the NC College Voter Summit is the longest running state Summit focused on campus election engagement.  Students, faculty, and staff  who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts, learn and share innovative strategies and practical information to support college voter registration, voter education, and electoral participation.

NC Campus Engagement organized the Summit in 2016 and 2017. Since 2018, the event has been co-organized and co-sponsored by members of the NC Campus Voting Coalition

7th Annual NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM22

Friday, September 9, 2022 at Elon University (10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Registration for the Summit is now open and FREE.  The deadline to register is Sunday, August 28th at 11:59 p.m.

#VoteSum22 Planning Team
Katie Craig – NC PIRG
Ananya Jain – Appalachian State University
Leslie Garvin – NC Campus Engagement
Jake Gellar-Goad – You Can Vote
Sam Hauser – UNC Pembroke
Rebby Kern – Equality NC
Amanda LaRoche – Campus Vote Project
Brennan Lewis – Equality NC
Dominique McMillan – ALL IN
McKenzie Rolle – UNC-Chapel Hill
Michael Tines – Common Cause NC
Lindsay Tucker – Wake Forest University 


6th Annual NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM21

September 17, 2021 [HYBRID]

All content was virtual, but campuses were encouraged to form a “Campus Huddle” with a Student Captain and Faculty/Staff Coordinator. See the Full Agenda

Guest Speakers:

  • Yael Bromberg, Constitutional Rights Attorney specializing in Voting Rights and Democracy Law
  • Kate Fellman, Founder & Executive Director, You Can Vote

Thanks to our partners at SLSV for facilitating a pre-conference workshop, “Op-Ed Workshop: How to Write for Student Voting Rights,” on the Tuesday before the Summit.

The event included multiple opportunities for campuses and individuals to win prizes. Congrats to the institutional winners listed below! Prize funds are to be used to support ongoing student voter engagement.

Campus Huddle

Most Registrations – per sector ($100 cash prize)

  • UNC System: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Independent/Private: Wingate University
  • Community College: Forsyth Tech

Campus Spirit Awards
($200 cash prize)

  • Forsyth Tech
  • Western Carolina University
  • Instagram Creativity “People’s Choice” Prize
    ($100 gift card)
  • UNC-Asheville
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2020 NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM20

September 11-12, 2021 [VIRTUAL]

Guest Speakers:

  • Karen Brinson Bell, Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Elections
  • Dr. Nancy Thomas, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education

See highlights here.

2020 Summit

2019 NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM19

September 20, 2019 [HOSTED AT ELON UNIVERSITY]

Guest Speakers:

  • Allison Riggs, Senior Attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Voting Rights Senior Attorney
  • Jessica Holmes, Chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners
  • Stacey Carless, Executive Director, NC Counts Coalition

See highlights here.

2019 Summit

2018 NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM18

September 15, 2018 [HOSTED AT UNC GREENSBORO]

Guest Speakers:

  • Aylett Colston, Voting Rights Activist
  • Dr. John Dinan, Professor, Wake Forest
    University (45 minutes)

View the program.

2018 Summit

2017 NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM17

September 29, 2017 [HOSTED AT ELON UNIVERSITY]

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education
  • Dr. David McLennan, Meredith College
  • Professor Ted Shaw, UNC Center for Civil Rights, UNC School of Law
  • Dr. Rick Morse, UNC School of Government
  • Dr. Mark Sanders, UNC Charlotte
  • Amy Chiou, #WTFwevote

See highlights here.

2016 Inaugural NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM16

September 16, 2016 [HOSTED AT ELON UNIVERSITY]

Guest Speakers:

  • Marcus Bass, Campaign Director, Democracy NC
  • Mike Burns, Director, Campus Vote Project
  • Dan DeRosa, Director, NCPIRG
  • Jen Jones, Communications Director, Democracy NC
  • Rachel Clay, Southeast Regional Coordinator, Campus Vote Project

See highlights here.

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin.