Welcome to the Pitt Votes Initiative! Established in the summer of 2019, the initiative aims to create a more accessible and consistent political environment on Pitt’s campus Through making registration tools widely available to students – without the pressure of political affiliation – Pitt Votes aims to stimulate greater civic engagement across Pitt’s student body.
These FREE workshops will teach you strategies for both listening and speaking with people who have differing political opinions without trying to change anyone’s mind. You will learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of meaningful dialogue. Come to learn new skills (or reinforce existing skills) and practice in a comfortable, low-stakes environment.
AUGUST 16, 7 – 9:15 PM – Families and Politics workshops show participants how to talk about politics with their loved ones in a way that brings them closer together — not farther apart.
Questions? Contact Lindy Ferriss at firstname.lastname@example.org
These workshops are being facilitated by the national organization, Braver Angels, and are open to anyone interested in having better conversations with people.
October 18, 2021: Last day to register to vote for municipal election
Visit Pitt Votes TurboVote site for additional information.
November 2, 2021: Pennsylvania Municipal Election
Voter Friendly Campus
The University of Pittsburgh is honored and excited to have earned a Voter Friendly Campus designation as of March 2021. The Voter Friendly Campus designation program was started through the partnership of Campus Vote Project and NASPA in 2016. The goal of the program is to help institutions develop plans to coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement.
ACC Silver Medal Designation
The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. By recognizing colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates, the Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, make democratic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy. The University of Pittsburgh most recently earned a Silver Medal Designation.
National Study of Learning Voting, and Engagement
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting. Learn about NSLVE and view the University of Pittsburgh’s most recent NSLVE data.