america to the ballot box
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Earlier this year, Oxford to the Ballot Box [Ox2Box - est. 2019] – a project dedicated to civic and voter engagement, and to small dee democratic practice hosted by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, created “America to the Ballot Box” [A2Box] in collaboration with the UM [University of Mississippi] - Andrew Goodman Foundation; Hawk the Vote at the University of Iowa with support from the Public Policy Center; and Political Science professor Joseph Coll at Sewanee – University of the South.
Although the A2Box collaboration is a new organization, its three university organizations and Ox2Box have years of civic engagement experience.
Students, faculty, staff and community members will participate in the effort on campus and in community. For this year’s NVRD – and throughout the semester – including all the National Civic Holidays, A2Box will be working on voter registration initiatives, and on a range of engaging public programs focusing on the challenges and opportunities for democracy in the nation.
As in the past, beginning in 2019, Ox2Box will collaborate on voter registration with the UM Voter Engagement Roundtable and UM chapter of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, with registration events at Oxford and Lafayette School, Farmers Market, Oxford’s legendary Courthouse Square and UM’s Memorial Union and dorms. We hope to again work with Mississippi Votes and the Oxford Film Festival.
This year we hope to also work with the Oxford League of Women Voters chapter and other local civic organizations to widen the circle of engaged participants.
Social media is also key to our public information efforts, including Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and podcasts, with a plan to create video announcements with UM athletes.
Comparable efforts are in the works at Sewanee and Iowa. A2Box will promote intercollegiate, inter-city collaboration, sharing best practices while encouraging community-building.
To date A2Box has received funding support from the 2022 Alliance for Youth Campus Take-over mini grant program.
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