Hoos Vote Initiative with the Center for Politics Recognized.
In November, eight Politics students working with Carah Ong Whaley on a campus-wide Hoos Vote initiative through the Center for Politics internship program participated in the Students Learn Students Vote National Summit. Hosted by the University of Maryland and the Maryland Democracy Initiative, our Politics students were able to learn and share ideas for strengthening democracy with over 200 students, faculty and staff from across the country. In a reception hosted at the National Association of Broadcasters, UVA and the Center for Politics' Hoos Vote initiative were honored by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge as a "Most Engaged Campus" for voter education and engagement efforts in the 2022 election. Ella Nelsen (Col, '25) was honored nationally as a standout student. While in DC, UVA Politics students also had meetings to learn about internships and careers at the National Association of Broadcasters, at the Congressional Research Service and in Congress. They also got a behind the scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol and met with U.S. Capitol Police PFC Harry Dunn, author of the new book, Standing My Ground, about his experiences defending democracy during the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
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