Date: May 6, 2021 | Issue Number: 20 | Read Time: 2 Minutes

This week's newsletter theme...

Spring Opportunities

If you wanted to apply for our Steering Committee but the application slipped your mind, have no fear — we're extending application acceptance through this Friday, May 7th! Read below for other opportunities coming up in the student voting space for faculty. 


FacNet Steering Committee Application Extension — Apply Now!

We’re excited to be adding new members to join our Steering Committee, a group of both faculty and non-profit partners who provide direction and guidance on FacNet projects and initiatives. If you're interested in being more involved in any aspect of this work — recruiting new members to join, promoting voter engagement tools and resources, building a collaborative network of faculty members dedicated to this work, working on efforts to institutionalize student voter engagement, and much more — we highly encourage you to submit the form below, which consists of a brief background information section, a 3-5 sentence Statement of Interest, and an optional space to nominate someone else to apply for the SC. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha at


Who: Faculty across the U.S. of any discipline who are interested in student voter engagement.
What: We're looking for faculty members who can serve as a sounding board for ideas, projects, and events, and who can monitor the progress of this programming.
When: The application deadline has been EXTENDED through this Friday, May 7th. The Steering Committee meets every other week on an hour-long basis. The recurring meeting time will be based on the new Steering Committee members' schedules and availability. 
Where: Fill out THIS Google Form. Meetings will be held virtually over Zoom.
Why: To accomplish our 2021 goals and establish FacNet with faculty input!
Become a member of Scholars Strategy Network
FacNet is an initiative of the non-profit Scholars Strategy Network, which connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders with America’s top researchers to improve policy and strengthen democracy. Given many of your overlapping interests with research and democracy, SSN may be a perfect next step to streamline your academic goals and increase your reach. Learn more about SSN at and reach out to Samantha Perlman at with any questions.


26th Amendment Working Group
The 26th Amendment Working Group of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition has crafted a template proclamation honoring the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th Amendment! Faculty are encouraged to use the template to craft a proclamation for local or state-level officials in your state/community, and reach out to them asking that they proclaim their support for the amendment which lowered the national voting age from 21 to 18!

You should also check out the #26forthe26th social campaign, which celebrates student activists who are working to achieve the full promise of the 26th Amendment. Posts come out weekly on Thursdays, and SLSV encourages you to share and uplift them when they’re published! Check out the 26th Amendment Toolkit to see the big reveal of the folks we’re highlighting and learn how you can help uplift these posts each week! If you have any student activists you want to suggest, there’s still time to add them in. Finally, SLSV has added a calendar to the toolkit as well. If you have any events you’d like SLSV to consider including, please feel free to reach out!

In addition, the 26th Amendment State / Local Resources sub-working group is looking for folks who are interested in helping create 26th-related resources for State Democracy Summits (like a 5-minute video) and for faculty to use in the classroom (like a module). If you’re interested, email Kassie Phebillo at

Finally SLSV is working on creating a national event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 26th Amendment’s full ratification on or around July 1, so stay tuned for more info on that as well! 
CIRCLE State-by-State 2020 Youth Turnout Data Analysis Released
All states have updated their voter file records, so state-by-state youth voting data is now available for almost the entire country. Check out the regional summaries here. Turnout reached historic levels in 2020. Preliminary national numbers show that youth turnout across the nation went up 12 percentage points from 2016 (compared to an overall voter turnout increase of 6 percentage points). Young people are outpacing the rest of the population when it comes to engaging in democracy and using their voice as their vote. Congrats to New Jersey for leading the country with the highest youth voter turnout (67%)!!!!


National Civil Rights Conference 

June 21st and 22nd

On behalf of the 2021 planning committee, the National Civil Rights Conference (hereafter NCRC) is pleased to invite you to the June 21st and 22nd conference in Oxford, Ohio.

NCRC seeks to continue building an epistemic community where individuals can forge linkages across disciplinary, geographic, social and cultural boundaries. Furthermore, NCRC is defined by its mission and motivated to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for scholars and laypeople alike to come together and interact. NCRC is taking on the challenge of offering a blended conference experience [i.e., face-to-face (F2F) and limited real-time communication] during the conference. Conference sessions, panel discussions, artistic productions and workshops are explicitly designed to make the most of both online and F2F social knowledge experiences. This year’s theme is “Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change.”

Registration and conference information are posted on the following web site:
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