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Launched in 2016, the NC College Voter Summit is the longest running state Summit in the nation 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.

Coalition Cash Competition

Campuses who attended the 2022 Summit are eligible to compete for $1000 to support student election engagement.

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7th Annual NC College Voter Summit #VOTESUM22

September 9, 2022 at Elon University

See full Summit Highlights. View the Full Agenda

Guest Speakers:

  • Rachel Clay, Southeast Regional Manager, Campus Vote Project
    Topic: “Election Integrity” 
  • LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council
    Topic: “Why Midterms Matter”
Campus Huddle

Student Panelists:

  • Destiny Perez, Forsyth Tech (represented community colleges)
  • Odaray Mora-Morejon,  High Point University (represented 4-year private/independent sector)
  • Maria Garcia-Ortega, ’22 UNCW (represented the 4-year public/UNC sector) 
  • Moderator: Rebby Kern, Equality NC
Campus Huddle
Campus Huddle

The Summit included 14 “Hot Topics in Voting” workshop sessions. Visit the Full Agenda for the list of topics. 

Congrats to the institutional prize winners listed below! Prize funds are to be used to support ongoing student voter engagement.

Most Registrations – per sector ($100 cash prize)

UNC System
NC Central University

WCU2

Community College System
Forsyth Tech (2nd year in row)

WCU2

Independent/Private Sector
Queens University of Charlotte

WCU2

Repping ($100 cash prize

This prize acknowledged a campus that represented their campus well throughout the Summit.
Winner: UNC Pembroke

WCU2

Engagement ($100 cash prize)

This prize acknowledged a campus that demonstrated energy and engagement throughout the Summit.
Winner: Claflin University

WCU2

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
WCU2

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, 2020 [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.