Piedmont Virginia Community College Receives Platinum Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement

Student Intern Hannah Thacker Named to Inaugural All in Campus Democracy Challenge Student Honor Role

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) received a platinum seal for achieving a student rate above 50% at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. The ceremony was held November 12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

“PVCC is proud to receive this national recognition for our efforts. We are committed to working together to reduce apathy, increase engagement, and cultivate civic-minded students,” stated Connie Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Civic Engagement Coordinator for PVCC.

Student participation in elections has increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%. PVCC’s data reveals that 50.6% of its students voted compared to 26.1% in 2014, a 26.1% increase.

We are excited to honor PVCC with an ALL IN Challenge platinum seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like PVCC are changing the culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”

Hannah Thacker Named to Inaugural Challenge Student Honor Role

In this same challenge, PVCC student intern Hannah Thacker was selected as one of ten students on the inaugural ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Student Honor Role. This honor is in recognition of leadership in helping college students to improve nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation.

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.

More than 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College

Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential, and excellence in all programs and services. The main campus is in Albemarle County, Virginia. Classes are also offered at the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center in Stanardsville, VA (Greene County) and the PVCC Jefferson School Center in downtown Charlottesville.