RECAP: Summer Feminist Institutes

By Edwith Theogene

This past summer, we hosted a Feminist Summer Voting Institute for our campus groups and leaders to equip them with the skills, knowledge and expertise to run their own Get Out Her Vote! Campaign .  National Campus Organizers planned one day institutes of informative panels and workshops. We partnered with Campus Vote Project, Ignite NC, URGE, Common Cause, and Democracy NC. Students from all over Ohio gathered at Ohio State University and students from all over North Carolina and South Carolina united at University of North Carolina-Charlotte. I attended both. From power chants, to yoga poses, and awkward moments with Feminist shirts, it was an awesome time! We discussed  different tactics to build out our strategies and covered event planning,  working with administration,  plus volunteer recruitment and management. We also incorporated informative sessions about issues that specifically affected participating states, such as reproductive rights, voting rights, and voter supression.

It’s always great to connect with such smart, creative, dedicated activists and advocates. There are so many reasons why getting out the vote is so important.  There are 49 million eligible young voters, outnumbering 45 million eligible seniors, 65+.  Imagine what that means for this upcoming election and the feminist issues we care about? The mobilization of progressive students has the potential to change the political landscape across the nation. It was great to get a glimpse of that potential! Can’t wait for all the awesome activism to happen this fall semester.

Check out some of the pics below!

By Edwith Theogene

Edwith is an intersectional social justice activist and advocate passionate about issues that impact women and communities of color. She is a Washington D.C. based South Florida Native who loves people, quotes, coffee, and pop culture, especially 90’s tv shows.

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