Big Ten Voting Challenge: 
Rutgers Awarded "Most Improved Student Voter Turnout"
The Big Ten Voting Challenge announced that Rutgers University won the "Most Improved Student Voter Turnout" award for a 31 percent increase in turnout between 2014 (12 percent) and 2018 (43 percent).

Rutgers also received the Gold Seal from the ALL IN Challenge for achieving a campus voting rate between 40 and 49 percent for the 2018 midterm election.

Center for Youth Political Participation director Dr. Elizabeth C. Matto and CYPP program coordinator Jessica Ronan, along with representatives from the Division of Student Affairs and current students from RU Voting attended the ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. to accept the awards. Matto credited the creation of the Rutgers University Civic Engagement Coalition with the improved student voter turnout rates. The coalition coordinates efforts between Eagleton's CYPP, Student Affairs, NJPIRG Students, and other campus groups.

"This remarkable outcome can be attributed to the collaborative work of a dedicated civic engagement coalition of campus administrators, faculty and students and to the commitment of the university to create a campus culture supportive of civic learning and engagement," said Matto.

Read more about the award.
Upcoming Events
Last Public Event of the Semester
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For Students
Come network with alumni of the Eagleton Graduate Fellowship and Undergraduate Associates programs. Panelists will discuss their current positions, career paths, and advice for students. 

Tuesday, December 4th at 7PM

Panelists include:

Paul Crupi - Senior Vice President, Capital Impact Group (Graduate Fellow, 2011)

Jorge C. Santos - Senior Vice President, Newark Alliance (Undergraduate Associate, 2004; Graduate Fellow, 2012)

Ashley C. Sawyer, Esq. - Director of Policy and Public Relations, Girls for Gender Equality (Undergraduate Associate, 2010)

Ward Sloane - Deputy Bureau Chief, CBS News (Undergraduate Associate, 1997)
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The event is free and open to current Rutgers students and Eagleton Institute alumni.
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CAWP 2019 Election Analysis
Eagleton's Center for American Women and Politics analyzed the results of the 2019 elections for statewide executive and state legislative offices in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia. Among the results: Mississippi elected its first woman attorney general, and Virginia will have its first woman Speaker of the House of Delegates, elected its first Muslim woman to the state senate, and is poised to move forward with the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

In New Jersey, 23 women have been elected to the General Assembly so far. The current record for women serving in the General Assembly is 28, but whether that record is broken, matched, or stands remains to be determined since there are nine candidates in six races that are too close to call.

Read CAWP's full analysis.
Watch and Share: #BlackWomenLead Congress
Last week, Kimberly Peeler-Allen delivered the Fall 2019 Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture titled, #BlackWomenLead Congress: The Difference They Make and the Road They Took to Get There. Peeler-Allen spoke about her experience working at the intersection of race, gender, and politics through her work as co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization dedicated to building the power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office.

"It's easier when you have the wind at your back, but it's not always necessary. Black women have the perseverance to make their community and country a better place," said Peeler-Allen. "When we have more diverse voices around decision-making tables, better decisions are made."
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