In October, the country was preparing for one of the most unique presidential elections to take place. With this in mind, the Department of Leadership & Campus Life put great effort into organizing Vote Week 2016. During a series of programs and events, students and members of the Stillwater community were able to receive unbiased information about presidential candidates and local political topics to prepare themselves for November’s Election Day. The National Institute for Civil Discourse recently recognized one of these efforts and announced OSU’s Department of Leadership & Campus Life the winner of the Text, Talk, Vote competition.
“Vote Week consisted of eight different events and activities geared toward increasing voter registration, education and turnout among OSU students,” said Dawson Metcalf, one of the event coordinators. “Due to this initiative, more than 300 students were registered to vote and well over 400 students participated in the various programs.”
Text, Talk, Vote is a competition conducted by the National Institute of Civil Discourse. Text, Talk, Vote utilizes text messaging to facilitate conversations about civic engagement. Small groups are encouraged to get together and text the number provided. The institute follows up with texts of a series of questions that guide the group through a conversation about political issues on a national and local level.
This year, LCL participated in the contest. In the marketing of Vote Week, the Stillwater community was encouraged to participate in the competition. Whichever group had the most participants was declared the winner. This year, OSU had the most from all groups nationwide. In addition to national recognition, the winning group was awarded $1,000. This money will be reinvested into programs and services offered by the department.
With more than 475 student organizations on the OSU campus, the Student Union plays a fundamental role in their operations and houses the Department of Leadership & Campus Life and its organizations. The department builds campus communities and enhances the academic experience through a variety of cultural, educational, leadership, service, social and recreational programs. For more information about the Department of Leadership & Campus Life, visit lcl.okstate.edu.