One initiative, Carolina Votes, provides the community
with the tools to be informed and engaged participants in government.
The first objective in the Promote Democracy initiative of the University’s strategic plan, Carolina Next, is to “Actively engage as diverse citizens responsible for the institutions of American democracy.” Staff, faculty and students are doing that through Carolina Votes, a robust effort to coordinate with campus partners on voter registration and voter education.
Sam Hiner, a sophomore public policy major, leads voter engagement activities on campus as a member of the student-led Civic Engagement Working Group. Until a few months ago, Hiner wondered: Where can I see Carolina’s commitment to voter engagement?
He and other students were pleased to learn that the commitment has top billing in Carolina Next. They and others are turning the commitment into action through the University’s increasing activities and programs to register and educate voters.