National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement

Led by the Pastor Center in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions, Arizona State University is part of a consortium of 25 colleges and universities around the country committed to creating more politically and civically engaged campuses.

Created in 2003, the effort is part of a national effort led by Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP) to encourage participation and engagement in politics by America's young people. 

Participating schools work both locally and collaboratively in three key areas: establishing an ongoing relationship with electoral politics; focusing on career development in public service; and ensuring a foundation in civic education.

In addition to taking action to spur student political involvement on their respective campuses, the IOP Campaign works during the academic year to:

  • issue specific recommendations for government, media, campaigns and educational institutions to promote political and civic engagement;
  • collect and make available key research; and
  • create new training opportunities for organizations and individuals seeking to promote youth engagement and participation. 

The National Campaign’s twenty-five consortium schools are: Allegheny College, Arizona State University, Birmingham Southern College, Elon University, Franklin & Marshall College, Harvard University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Saint Anselm College, Simpson College, Tennessee State University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Kansas, University of Louisville, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Texas, University of Utah, University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.