Central Washington University is the only public institution to receive a 2013 College Civics Micro-Grant. In honor of CWU’s accomplishment, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will visit the Ellensburg campus on May 6 as part of her 2013 College Civics Tour.
The $500 micro-grants seed “sustainable, long-term civic engagement and voter participation on campus.” The Associated Students of CWU and the university’s Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) are using the funds to expand their on-campus voter assistance program.
“Receiving the College Civics Micro-Grant means Central can continue to offer interactive and educational events to help students understand and appreciate political and civic work,” said Jeanette Genson, CLCE program leader and co-coordinator of the voter assistance program.
Wyman will visit CWU to promote student participation in next fall’s elections and reasons they should be civically involved. Monday, at 12:30 p.m. in the SURC Theatre, she will speak about the importance of voting and giving back to the community.
“What happens at the local government level can affect us more directly than who we elect as our nation's president or to the U.S. Senate,” said Wyman. “Yet, there usually is a lower voter turnout in these elections compared to presidential elections.”
Prior to her speech, Wyman will meet and visit with CWU students in the SURC. Along with CWU visit, Wyman’s statewide tour includes 15 other colleges and universities.
Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, firstname.lastname@example.org