Students creating a tactical plan for the Arcadia Votes initiative at the Pennsylvania Student Voters Summit last February.
By Nikolai Kachuyevski '21
Arcadia Votes, which aims to increase the University community’s voter registration and participation, has received two grants to support a final push before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The grants, totaling $2,000 from the Students Learn Students Vote Fall Mobilization movement and University of Pennsylvania’s Campus Voter Engagement Stipend, provide funding for postage and printing of postcards, and prizes and food for the Campus Debate Watch on Oct. 22, which will be held virtually.
“Campus response to the Arcadia Votes initiative has been fantastic, and this funding gives us the opportunity to make it even more engaging,” Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant said, founding director of the Office of Social Impact and Innovation at Arcadia. “We plan to use the money to mail get-out-the-vote materials to our student partners' home addresses, ‘cater’ our campus debate watch party through gift certificates for food delivery, and add exciting raffle prizes to our voter challenges.”
Arcadia Votes has been encouraged by their progress so far, reporting that Arcadia’s women’s soccer, women’s basketball, Arcadia For The Kids (FTK), and Ultimate Frisbee have all reached 100 percent voter registration.