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    University of Scranton Student Recognized on the 2022 ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll

    June 1, 2022

    This May, The University of Scranton and ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge announced that Sultana (Ana) Rahman ’22 has been recognized on the 2022 ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll. The ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll is a recognition program for college students at participating campuses doing outstanding work to advance nonpartisan democratic engagement. Sultana Rahman joins a group of 82 college students recognized for their nonpartisan voter engagement efforts on campuses across the country in 2021. 

    “Ana’s work to ensure that every University of Scranton is registered and ready to vote has been invaluable. During her time at the University, Ana worked diligently in collaboration with on and off campus partners on nonpartisan voter engagement efforts and developed creative solutions for civic and democratic engagement here at Scranton,” said Carolyn M. Bonacci, community and civic engagement coordinator.

    While at The University of Scranton, Ana served as the Community & Government Relations Civic Engagement Intern during the 2020-2021 and 2021–2022 academic years. In this role, she worked in partnership with leaders in Student Government including Conor Nealon ’22, Clara Downey ‘23 and Julie Hack ’21 on the “Royals Vote” initiative. Efforts included identifying the best modes and methods for providing vital voter education information, creating voter education presentations to offer to First Year Seminar courses, and developing a dedicated voter education and information “Royals Vote” resource page. Additionally, Rahman collaborated with Bonacci on updates to the University’s 2022 Voting Action Plan. Ana graduated this May with a degree in political science with minors in criminal justice & Arabic. This fall she will attend NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science where she has been accepted into the Master's in Politics program where she plans to specialize in American politics.

    “College student voter turnout has increased since 2016, and this increase has been driven by students. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is excited to expand our ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll to recognize these student voting champions across the country,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “These students registered voters, served on their campus voting coalitions, spearheaded voter education efforts, advocated for campus polling locations and organized other voter engagement efforts to ensure their peers were confident and informed voters. We are excited to see what they continue to accomplish ahead of the 2022 midterms.”

    The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Campuses that join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge complete a set of action items, with the support of ALL IN Challenge staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campus. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge currently engages over 9 million students from more than 870 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    The University of Scranton created the "Royals Vote" initiative and joined the ALL IN Democracy Challenge in 2020. During the 2020 election, student voting on campus increased significantly, rising to 73.1% in 2020 from a rate of 50.6% in 2016 and 7 points above the 66% 2020 student national average. The University also increased voter registration rates, with 86.7% of eligible voters registering compared to the 83% national average. For more information and to view The University of Scranton’s 2020 ALL IN Action Plan, please visit scranton.edu/RoyalsVote.  

    ABOUT ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge:

    The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) is a national nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives to change civic culture and institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs on college campuses, making voter participation a defining feature of campus life.

    ALL IN, in collaboration with over 870 higher education institutions, seeks to make participation in local, state, and federal elections a social norm; substantially increase the number of college students who are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls, and; make educating for democratic engagement on college campuses an accepted and expected part of the culture and curriculum so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and values needed to be an informed and active citizen.

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