Commitment and Strategies

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Institutional Commitment 

Since 2008, the University of Miami has continually increased its support toward civic learning and democratic engagement by building the Canes Vote Network. The majority of this work has been spearheaded by the Division of Student Affairs along with the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development and Get Out The Vote.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership continue to provide the utmost support to the Canes Vote Network along with the Get Out The Vote, a student-led initiative on campus. Furthermore, UM continues to provide the following:

  • Commitment toward civic learning and democratic engagement is clearly reflected in curriculum, co-curricular program learning outcomes and the institution.
  • Various courses are offered which encourage civic participation and political participation among students.
  • Importance of being civically active in the community is stressed and encouraged in various university programming.

University of Miami Campus Action Plan 2020-2021

DemocrACCy Network

The University of Miami is a proud member of the ACC DemocrAACy Network. This is a network of professionals from the Athletic Coast Conference institutions to engage in conversations around best/promising practices for curricular-focused initiatives, student-focused initiatives, challenges and competitions, and encouraging campuses to develop action plans. 

National Study of Learning Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)

UM utilizes data from Tufts University and the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) Report. UM has made a commitment to implement strategic civic participation endeavors across campus by creating a coalition committed to increasing our voting rates and democratic participation by examining data from future and past general, midterm and local elections.

NSLVE Voting Data for University of Miami 

Voter Friendly Campus

UM has been designated as a Voter Friendly Campus since 2016. The Voter Friendly Campus designation program was started through the partnership of Campus Vote Project and NASPA in 2016. The goal of the program is to help institutions develop plans to coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement.

NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Lead Institution  

NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (LEAD Initiative) comprises a network of NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. UM was an inagural member of the network and has been designated a Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Lead Institution since 2012.

NASPA CLDE Designations 

  • LEAD Initiative Institution - 2012 - Present
  • LEAD Advisory Institution - 2015 - Present
  • LEAD Consulting Institution - 2014

All In Campus 

The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. By recognizing colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates, the Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, make democratic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.

University of Miami All IN Designations
  • Gold Campus - Excellence in Voter Engagement - 70-79% Voting Rate - Presidential 2020 Election 
  • Silver Campus - Excellence in Voter Engagement - 30-39% Voting Rate - Midterm 2018 Election 
  • Presidential Commitment Signatory - 2020

Canes Vote Network Overview 

The Canes Vote Network is comprised of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members who are passionate about civic participation in the University of Miami community. The coalition enables the institution to connect individuals with the common purpose of increasing awareness on civic participation and to develop active voter engagement. The Canes Vote Network includes Get Out The Vote (GOTV), Schools, Colleges, and Campus Units, Student Organizations and Programs, and our Community Partners.

'Canes Vote Network Members

  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Butler Center for Service and Leadership
  • Government and Community Relations
  • Department of Political Science
  • School of Law
  • Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • Miller School of Medicine
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Hillel
  • Student Center Complex
  • Student Activities and Student Organizations
  • Women’s Commission
  • The Miami Hurricane
  • LGBTQ Student Center
  • Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement
  • Toppel Career Center
  • Office of Civic and Community Engagement
  • Office of Academic Enhancement
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Parking and Transportation

  • Student Government
  • Graduate Student Association
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Association of Greek Letter Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Association
  • Greek Ally Unity
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • SpectrUM – LGBTQ Student Organization
  • United Black Students
  • Hurricane Productions
  • Association of Commuter Students
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Federacion de Estudiantes Cubano
  • TEDxUMiami
  • Rathskeller Advisory Board
  • Freshman Leadership Council
  • Orientation Outreach
  • First Year U
  • Leadership UMiami

  • Engage Miami
  • National Organization for Women
  • League of Women Voters
  • Campus Compact
  • Campus Vote Project 
  • Campus Election Engagement Project
  • Vote Smart
  • Miami-Dade Board of Elections
  • Democracy Matters
  • Up to Us
  • City of Coral Gables officials
  • Register2Vote