SI² Encourages Students to Have Voices Heard This Election Season

October 10, 2019 Caitlin Burns

Students learn about voter support in training session

Arcadia students can register to vote on campus throughout the year. The Office of Social Impact and Innovation (SI2) is providing supportive services in Blankley Hall to help community members through the process of registering to vote with or without a party affiliation.

SI2 hosted Jihad Seifullah, community organizer director for the office of Pennsylvania Senator Art Haywood, to train students who will provide voter support. They learned about how to assist others in registration, as well as different methodologies for becoming an effective community organizer. He also discussed how to enact social change, such as writing letters to politicians, creating petitions, and holding rallies. Seifullah noted that through petitions, he was invited by a local McDonald’s to discuss raising the wage of employees. 

“It is important that student voices are heard, as these policies being made now will stay in place until we are old enough to become elected officials ourselves,” said student Olivia Grajewski ’20, who will be working at SI2’s voter support office. “By voting, we choose who represents us and who makes these policies—in this way, students can affect change in policy right now.”

In addition to voter registration support, the University also provides transportation throughout Election Day to the local polling location.

To register to vote, visit the SI2 Office in the basement of Blankley Hall, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. SI2 provides voter registration forms and can help answer questions individuals may have about the voting process. 

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