Kicking Off a New Year

Student government elections are wrapping up at colleges across the country. New student leaders are being sworn in, launching new administrations.

As your student government goes through this transition, here are ways you can help your new members succeed.Read more

Turning Out the Campus Vote

Voter registration and GOTV toolkitThe Presidential election is coming up in just a few months. That means that it's time to start planning for your fall voter registration and get-out-the-vote programs.Read more

Ending Hunger on Campus

Toolkit coverHunger is a reality everywhere – even on college campuses.

As college becomes less affordable, more students are living on the edge. For some, it's an ongoing struggle just to get enough to eat.

Recently, this problem has prompted some colleges to set up on-campus food pantries to help students in need. New pantries are opening every semester.

Many student governments are interested in opening a campus food pantry, but aren't sure where to start. That's why we've created this toolkit to provide the resources you need to create and operate a successful food pantry on your campus.

Please download the toolkit today!

How to Make Textbooks More Affordable

textbooks toolkitWe're excited to announce the release of our newest campaign resource, a toolkit for our Making Textbooks Affordable program.

The high cost of textbooks has become a serious obstacle to the affordability of a college education. The textbook market is rigged so that publishers can generate huge profits and engage in bad practices at students’ expense.

Fortunately, we have solutions to this problem, most notably in the form of “open textbooks” – high-quality books that are available online for free or for a very low cost in print. With solutions like these, we can break the publishers’ stranglehold on the market and help make higher education more accessible to everyone.

Our new toolkit provides the resources that student governments need in order to bring open textbooks to their campuses and save students money. Download it today!

Bring Us to Your Campus

It's still early in the fall, but we're already starting to set our training schedule for the winter and spring. Now's a great time to start thinking about bringing us to your campus next term.

Some of the services we can provide for your student government include:

Retreats - We can facilitate a retreat to help your student government prepare for the spring term. We'll help you brainstorm ideas, come up with strategies, and flesh out a detailed action plan.

Skills Trainings - Your members don't always come to student government with all of the tools they need to be successful. We can come train them on key skills like how to run effective committee meetings, how to plan a big event, and how to do effective publicity.

Lobby Days - The spring is when many state legislatures make decisions about higher education funding and other critical issues. We can help you plan and carry out a lobby day at the state house so that students from your campus can speak directly to decision makers.

Campaign Trainings - We can help you plan your big projects for the spring and give you the skills to carry them out. Whether you plan to tackle financial aid funding or sexual assault prevention or campus sustainability, we can set you up to succeed.

Please contact us today to get more information on our services and what we can do for you.

Get Our Student Vote Toolkit

Student_Vote_Toolkit_coverThe election is just two months away, which means that voter registration season is upon us.

That's why we've published our new Student Vote toolkit for student governments, which explains the ins and outs of how to run an effective nonpartisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote drive on your campus.

The toolkit is based on the experience of the Student Government Resource Center and our partners working on hundreds of campuses in recent election cycles. We hope you'll find these resources as useful as we have.

We've also included chapters on how to build a coalition, generate visibility, work with the local election registrar, and more.

Download the PDF today and share it with the rest of your student government.

Voter Registration for the 21st Century

studentvotedotorgThe first big wave of colleges and universities started classes this week. And since it's an even-numbered year, that also means that it's the beginning of voter registration season on campus.

Lots of student governments run voter registration drives, but many don't know how to incorporate online voter registration into their efforts. It's time for that to change.

That's why we're helping student governments this fall to add online tactics into their voter registration drives using more

Bring Our Student Vote Training to Your Campus

It may not seem like it, but the 2014 elections are right around the corner. It's time to start planning your fall election projects now.

Mobilizing students to vote is one of the best ways that you can strengthen the student voice. If college students want their voices heard by elected officials, they need to turn out at the polls.

That's why we've partnered with the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project to provide the nation’s premier nonpartisan training on how to run effective campus voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. The New Voters Project is the nation’s leading nonpartisan young voter mobilization program. Since 1983, they have helped to register more than 1.2 million young voters and make more than a million personalized get-out-the-vote contacts.Read more