Division of Student Affairs

UNC Greensboro Earns Second Place in SoCon Voter Participation Championship

Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2020 by Jolie Helton under Inside Student Affairs. Tags:

In an attempt to address the decline of young people voting between ages 18 and 29, the Southern Conference launched SoCon Votes in 2016, the first Division I Athletic Conference Championship for democratic engagement. The program supports the 80,000 students in the Southern Conference to become active and engaged citizens, and is supported by the non-partisan, non-profit program, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. UNC Greensboro claimed second place for Highest Voter Turnout, with efforts led by Kristina Gage, Associate Director for Civic Engagement, with a student voter participation rate of 39.7% in 2018 – a 16.1% increase from 2014.

“We are thrilled to see our student voting rate increase by 16% from the last midterm election. We work with students every day that are engaging in the communities around them through leadership, service, and civic engagement. Increasing voter participation is another indication that UNCG students care deeply about the world around them and want to participate in and work for a stronger democracy,” said Gage.

The Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement is preparing for Primary elections in North Carolina, including an event to kick off early voting on February 13. Early voting will be on campus from February 13 – 29 in the Kaplan Center for voters registered in Guilford County. Student Democracy Fellows will be hosting Voting 101 workshops and registration drives. Students, faculty, and staff can request resources or workshops by emailing the OLCE office. Stay up to date with all things voting by visiting OLCE’s Voting Info website.


The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, prepares students to serve as change-makers. We develop, promote, and advance civic engagement, leadership development, and meaningful service to create positive social change.