Engage 2020 Fall Funding

With Election Day just weeks away, we remain committed to supporting student learning and civic preparedness via E2020.  The deadline for E2020 Fall Funding Cycle is Monday, September 28, 2020.  Only proposals for remote engagement and support will be reviewed.  

Funding Support

Participants can apply to the E2020 Fund for expenses associated with some software and equipment costs, phone services, honoraria, and/or educational materials necessary to engage projects remotely.  Applications will be assessed based on the degree to which they address the educational value inherent in civic engagement related to the upcoming elections and engage the broader public round contentious public policy issues, as well as the feasibility of proposed budgets. Applications will not be evaluated on the political nature of specific causes, which are chosen and pursued wholly according to the interests of individual participants.

  • The final deadline for applications is Monday, September 28, 2020. 

Ideas for Remote Civic Engagement

  • Contact a campaign, advocacy organization, or voter registration group to see how you can support them remotely
  •  Phonebanking and texting voters and elected officials are needed now more than ever
  • Join a remote Get Out The Vote effort like Turnout Nation – started by Mark Mullen ’89, P’23
  • Support the civic engagement of your peers.
  • Create a social media campaign to show Wesleyan students how to register to vote
  • Send text blasts to your friend groups reminding them to vote
  • Host a virtual civic engagement event or series
  • Reach out to your local elected officials to talk about topics relevant to young people
  • Keep your peers informed about current events

If you’d like to brainstorm any remote ideas, please contact us at engage@wesleyan.edu

CSPL 494

Participants will enroll in CSPL494 through pre-registration for the semester of the break (Fall and Spring) or following the break (Winter and Summer).  This quarter credit course will include orientation, structured reflection, and a final paper.

Wesleyan Engage 2020

The Wesleyan Engage 2020 (E2020) initiative is a comprehensive university effort to support student learning via civic engagement and liberal arts education. E2020 is open to and encourages participation regardless of political affiliations or stances on specific issues.

Wesleyan University has a long history of supporting student engagement in the public sphere. Wesleyan’s Civic Action Plan sets goals for building civic preparedness among students, faculty, and staff and for enhancing the University’s role in public life.


Apply for Fall funding here: https://forms.gle/DezhXoU8ntuvGDyc9