Updates

Youth virtually engage their peers on National Voter Registration Day

HARTFORD CT – Although COVID-19 has reshaped the election landscape in 2020, as in the past, motivated young Americans are leading the efforts to mobilize their communities this fall, even with minimal face-to-face interaction on campus. On National Voter Registration Day (Tuesday, Sept. 22), college student leaders with MASSPIRGs’ New Voters Project launched their fall campaign efforts to reach thousands of students over social media by organizing diverse coalitions of student groups on campus and holding virtual events to register and contact youth voters.

New Voter Project aims for young educated voters

CONNPIRG launched this year’s New Voters Project campaign by having a Zoom call with motivational speakers and starting their phone bank Wednesday, Colleen Keller, UConnPIRG chapter chair and fifth-semester history major, said.

Free resources without an expiration date

Publishers and education tech companies offering temporary free access codes, but using content with restrictive copyrights, has downsides. We want to make sure educators know about the high-quality resources that are permanently free to students, and ensure faculty independence and student data privacy.

Meeting student basic needs during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting campuses nationwide. Here are a few of the ways that institutions are stepping up to meet students’ basic needs in this moment of uncertainty: 

Student PIRGs call on states to adopt emergency absentee voting

While many states have plans to deal with emergencies like power outages, natural disasters and other one-off situations, very few states are currently set up to successfully run an election where large public gatherings, such as polling places, present a public health risk.

An update from CONNPIRG Students

We are taking recommendations from college and university leaders and public health experts and taking proactive steps to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 in our campus and off-campus communities.

Column: Let’s HuskyEngage in democracy with USG and UConnPIRG!

On Sept. 28, UConn’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Public Interest Research Group (UConnPIRG) will co-host the on-campus HuskyEngage Summit in McHugh Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will expose students to each organization’s initiatives, but more importantly it’s meant to provide a… Read more

A look into voting at the University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut students voted in the 2018 midterm elections at a 44% turnout, slightly higher than the national average for college students.   According to recent studies from Rutgers University and the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), over 7.5… Read more