Vote Everywhere, a national program housed on 41 other college campuses, is part of the Andrew Goodman Foundation. AGF's mission is "to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy". Our Vote Everywhere student ambassadors promote voter engagement, public policy and social justice initiatives.
The office of Vote Everywhere at the University of Dayton is conveniently located in the heart of the Department of Political Science, in St. Joseph Hall, Room 223. Our ambassadors are here to answer questions about voting in your state and to provide voter registration forms.
About the Andrew Goodman Foundation
In May of 1964 the enactment of the historic Civil Rights Act was under attack by segregationist senators in Congress. In a school paper, Andrew “Andy” Goodman wrote, “the Senators could not persist in this polite debate over the future dignity of a human race if the white Northerners were not so shockingly apathetic.” Within days of writing those words, Andy asked for his parents’ permission to join the Freedom Summer campaign to register African American voters in Mississippi.
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Andy Goodman joined Freedom Summer ’64 to stand up for equality and democracy. On Andy’s first day in Mississippi, he and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. The story of these three young men struck a public chord that galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation was created in 1966 by Andy’s parents, Robert and Carolyn Goodman, to carry on the spirit and the purpose of Andy’s life as well as advance the lessons of Freedom Summer, one of the most effective non-violent social actions in history.
About Vote Everywhere
Vote Everywhere is The AGF’s unique, experiential, nonpartisan program that leverages the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement to inspire students nationally to effect positive social change. Through the program, The AGF trains and supports students to be Vote Everywhere Ambassadors at colleges and universities, and acts as a strategic partner to participating schools, advancing and deepening their civic engagement work. Vote Everywhere develops a national community of campus leaders who engage, educate and mobilize their communities to take collective action using their votes, voices and networks.