Owens recognized for student voter engagement

PERRYSBURG — Owens Community College has been awarded the ALL IN Most Engaged Campus Designation for its work in 2022 to increase student voter turnout, joining a select group of less than 400 colleges and universities nationally and one of 19 in Ohio to receive the inaugural honor.

The Center for Campus and Community Connections spearheaded efforts to increase student voter registration and turnout, working with offices across the Toledo-area campus and the local community.

“Owens Community College students wanted to have their voice heard in their local and state elections,” said Krista Kiessling, director of the Center for Campus and Community Connections.

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation.

Owens Community College previously received the Bronze Seal by the ALL IN Challenge for its student voting rate in the 2020 general election.

For National Voter Registration Day in September, the Center for Campus and Community Connections partnered with the League of Women Voters and Owens Student Ambassadors to set up tables around the Perrysburg campus to provide students with an opportunity to sign up to vote.