The Rose State College Office of Student Engagement and Political Science Department were recognized on December 5 by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for campus voter registration efforts as part of the Oklahoma Campus Compact. Rose State College received the runner-up award for the Equality division for schools between 3,000 and 7,000 full-time students enrolled.
To achieve the almost 6% voter registration, Rose State students, faculty, and staff held events on campus dedicated to encouraging voter registration, including a special event in September for Constitution Day, where students received pocket constitutions. Additionally, the RSC Social Sciences club provided voter registration forms to students at multiple student engagement events throughout the fall semester, allowing potential voters to register at their convenience.
“Voting is a right and privilege that we as citizens of a democracy must hold as sacred,” said Dr. Emily Stacey, faculty advisor to the RSC Political Science club. “One of the first steps in the process of becoming an engaged and active member of your political society is registering to vote. We want to graduate well-rounded, well-informed, and active citizens from Rose State College, and our participation in OK Campus Compact is a good way to do so.”
The Oklahoma Campus Compact (OkCC) is an organization of Oklahoma colleges and university presidents who strive to advance the public purposes of higher education, including promoting political and civic engagement across college campuses.