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Political Engagement

Committee for Political Engagement

An integral aspect of community-based leadership is to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills to be active and informed participants in the democratic process, especially voting. The Rochester Center for Community Leadership serves as a resource for students in this regard. The Center convenes the Committee for Political Engagement (CPE) which is a non-partisan, student-coordinated initiative that encourages students to be politically engaged and active participants in the democratic process.

The core of CPE's work is voter registration, information, and promotion. Throughout the year, CPE also provides opportunities for issue education, conferences, grassroots organizing workshops, internships, and more. The committee works closely with College Democrats and College Republicans who are advised by RCCL, as well as other campus organizations. 

For info on voter registration, check out our Voter Registration Guide.

If you have any questions about CPE, or how it can help your organization's members become more active citizens, please contact us.

Committee Members

  • Prashanta Augustine
  • Danielle Douglas
  • Rachel Ellison
  • Sarah Krulik
  • Kayla Scinto
  • Maria Sepulveda
  • Julia Silverman
  • Riva Yeo

Getting More Involved at Rochester

Check out our Beyond Election Day guide for concrete ways to engage politically outside of the voting booth.

Students interested in pursuing academic research and internships in local, state, or federal government are encouraged to contact faculty in their department or in the Department of Political Science. A number of Study Abroad programs are also available for students interested in research and internship opportunities abroad. Numerous student organizations such as the Students' Association Senate, All-Campus Judicial Council (ACJC),Undergraduate Political Science & International Relations Council (UPSIRC), College Democrats, College Republicans, and Students for a Democratic Society also encourage participation in local and national affairs through on- and off-campus programming.

National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement

In the fall of 2003 the University of Rochester was one of 22 schools invited to join the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement, an initiative of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Participating schools work individually and collectively to develop programs on electoral politics, build foundations in civic education, and provide resources and information on careers in public affairs and politics. Selected Rochester students have the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

National Conference on Ethics in America

NCEA is an annual conference that takes place at the United States Military Academy. Each fall semester, two select students from UR get the great opportunity to live with cadets, learn about military life, and discuss a variety of issues with peers from across the country. There are no costs for conference registration, housing, nor meals (during full conference days), but students will need to provide for their own transportation there and back.

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