Mississippi Campus Compact has received almost $50,000 in federal grant money to assist political science departments at higher education institutions provide service-learning activities in 2010.
The grant, which is funded through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and represents a part of the Help America Vote Act, will assist in the recruitment of 300 college poll workers throughout Mississippi.
“This grant comes at a great time for our member campuses,” said Stephanie Meincke, director of the Mississippi Campus Compact housed at the University of Southern Mississippi. “Budgets are decreasing across all departments in every college and university and this funding will allow us to provide mini-grants to faculty and assist students with the opportunity to earn money while learning about our electoral system.”
“We are glad we can assist in our role as the statewide organization supporting service-learning and civic engagement for college students. Southern states have historically lacked a sufficient number of poll workers to assist election commissioners conduct elections. We think college students will make excellent poll workers and potential college poll workers will receive special training designed to help them gain certification in this area.”
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.
For more information about Mississippi Campus Compact, or this project, call 601.266.6913.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.