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Heartland Community College

Students partner with local organization for voter engagement events

October 28, 2022

Heartland Community College students are working to promote voter engagement for the upcoming mid-term elections.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Leaders in Community and Civic Engagement (SLiCE) are partnered with the League of Women Voters of McLean County to bring a voter information workshop called “Bagels and Ballots” to campus.

The goal of the workshop was to inform students about the candidates and measures on the ballot with the added bonus of a college student essential: some free snacks. The “Bagels and Ballots” event was held Thursday, October 27 on the Heartland Community College main Campus in Normal.

Heartland Community College Political Science Club and the SGA will also be hosting an Election Night Watch Party in the Astroth Community Education Center at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 8.  Students are encouraged to bring family and friends to enjoy an evening of food, guest speakers, and peer discussion.

“It is important for our students to understand their role in voting, community, and citizenship, said Sarah Tipton, Heartland Community College Student Government Advisor. “By offering students opportunities to learn about their role in the democratic process, they examine their own various identities as a student, community member, and citizen.”

The forums serve to encourage Heartland students and community members to be informed and active voters. Both events take place on the Normal campus and are free for students.

Throughout the Fall 2022 semester Heartland’s Civic Engagement and Service Learning team has engaged the student body with Constitution Day activities and a voter registration drive.

Written by: AJ Ainslie