Vote Everywhere

Logo for Andrew Goodman FoundationVote Everywhere, a program of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, is a unique Civic Engagement Initiative rooted in a legacy of civil rights and social justice. Vote Everywhere carries on the work of Andrew Goodman, a sophomore at Queens College, who was murdered along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer 1964 while attempting to register African-Americans to vote. Vote Everywhere empowers a national community of campus leaders to mobilize others to act on issues of importance using their votes, voices and networks.

The cornerstone of the Vote Everywhere initiative is the Vote Everywhere Ambassador Program, a yearlong paid internship with The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) that takes place on the Ambassador’s college campus. At Miami University, Ambassadors are based in the Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES). Together, the AGF and OCES select and develop Vote Everywhere Ambassadors to become organizers who initiate social action, build successful movements, and engage peers. Ambassadors will learn by participating, connecting and engaging with others, and forming coalitions for change.

  • Knowledge - Participants develop a greater understanding of the American civil rights movement, the history of Freedom Summer 1964, and the role college students and young people played in changing the course of history.
  • Social Action - Students learn how to critically analyze and directly impact social issues through professional activist trainings provided by The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
  • Civic Engagement - Ambassadors learn about democracy and the electoral process by creating voter education and registration activities on campuses, building teams, and educating students about social issues.