Emory Intern: Hindu Student Association Voter Registration Efforts on Emory Campus
Student organizations are an integral part of AALAC’s strategy to increase student involvement and activism. AALAC is currently working with HSA to register Emory University students. HSA has been volunteering to register people within their own organization and also their peers by tabling on campus during Wonderful Wednesday. The initiative has been successful in bringing people together and increasing awareness on campus about the importance of voting. Students have been energized by AALAC’s efforts and feel more involved in the political process. Moreover, the students have come together to work on a common goal of battling voter apathy and increase student voice in important issues currently facing our country. Working with HSA is more specifically targeting Asian American students, who are disproportionally under involved in the political system.
The strategy is two pronged; first AALAC is focusing on registering the greatest amount of students possible and second is to make sure those students vote on election day. The goal of registration has been effective and exceeded expectations. Students on Emory campus have felt more connected to the political system, while gaining knowledge about issue they find important. Campus registration has been the catalyst for many students who are registering for the first time.
AALAC has been encouraging and assisting student organizations by providing resources, guidance, and support. Due to our strong collaboration with student groups, we have gained great insight into the most effective strategy to reach out to students. This coalition is insight into the power of group effort and how goals can be achieved when people from different ethnicities, culture and age come together for a untied purpose.