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Raritan Valley Community College has been nationally recognized for its civic engagement efforts, receiving the 2024 Highly Established Action Plan Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. 

Through its work at The Pray Family Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at RVCC, the college is being honored for the development of a nonpartisan campus Civic Action Plan for the 2024 election cycle. These efforts include strategies that engage students, faculty, administrators, community nonprofit partners, and local election officials to increase nonpartisan engagement and college student voting. 

Through curricular and co-curricular activities inside and outside the classroom, the plan encourages and supports students to be voters by offering voter registration campaigns, training and serving as poll workers, presenting at workshops, sharing election information, and social media messaging. 

RVCC is one of 93 campuses that has earned this recognition for the current election cycle by the nonpartisan national organization, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The seal recognizes higher education institutions with strong action plans to increase nonpartisan voter engagement by promoting civic learning, political engagement, and college student voter participation. RVCC is the only college in New Jersey and one of only six community colleges nationally receiving the prestigious Highly Established Action Plan Seal award. 

“We’re honored that Raritan Valley Community College has been awarded the 2024 Highly Established Action Plan Seal by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Our campus action plan has been recognized among the best in the country for building and fostering nonpartisan civic engagement,” said Lori Moog, the College’s Director of Service Learning and Community Outreach. 

ALL IN and the American Democracy Project, Campus Vote Project, NASPA Lead Initiative, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition created the Strengthening American Democracy Guide to help guide campuses on their journey to graduate democratically engaged students by building effective action plans. 

ALL IN provides a confidential score and feedback that help campuses celebrate and strengthen their action plans. The Highly Established Action Plan Seal recognizes campuses that score at least 31.5 out of 36 possible points on the Strengthening American Democracy rubric. 

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 staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation on their campus. 

ALL IN currently engages over 9.8 million students from more than 960 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Campuses can join ALL IN by clicking here.