Social Work Class Takes on Voter Registration Project

February 14, 2020

Students Meet Face-to-Face with Classmates Across the Campus Armed with Information and Registration Forms

Students in a Wilmington College social work class have been assisting their peers in registering to vote as the Feb. 18 deadline approaches for the March 17 primary in Ohio.

PICTURED: WC students, from the left, Thea Transier, Jacob Griewahn and Arianna Johnson promote voter registration in a class at Wilmington College.

The class, Macro Social Work Promoting Community Change, is instructed by Wendy Grab, assistant professor of social work.

“We’ve been exploring ways to become more active in our communities and how we can use our voices and personal power to better the world through positive change,” she said, noting that, when several of her students noted they were not registered to vote, the class decided to take on the project of both encouraging and enabling their classmates across the campus to register for the upcoming primaries.

“They decided that a face-to-face connection would be the best route to success,” Grab added. “The class arranged to visit various classes on campus and offer the students the forms, time and information to get registered, not just in Ohio but in other states as well.”

The class offered assistance to individuals completing the forms and doubled-checked the completed registrations before hand-delivering them at the Clinton Count Board of Elections.

“Voting is a right and a small step that each of us as Americans can take advantage of to help improve our future,” Grab added. “My class wanted to emphasize the importance of speaking with your vote.”