COLUMBUS, OH- Regula Scholars from the University of Mount Union spent a day in Columbus learning about public service and engaging college students in elections. Scholars in attendance were Megan Casciola, Ben Dodds, Elise Greynold, Kate Kueter, Jarrett Richard, and Aiden Trummer.
Students met with aides in the office of State Senator Kirk Schuring to learn more about state level government and the role of the state legislature. Following the meeting, the students toured the statehouse including the cupola.
“Taking the Regula Scholars on trips like this enables them to see public servants up close and better understand the day-to-day work of our government,” explained Abigail Schroeder, director of the Regula Center at Mount Union.
Work sessions included presentations from All Voting is Local and work time for campuses to plan voter engagement outreach. Armon Cook ’22, Mount Union alumnus, is now employed by the Campus Vote Project and led a session about civic holidays and the ways they can be promoted on campuses.
In the afternoon, the students attended the Campus Vote Project Ohio Student Voting Summit where they learned about ways to engage with their peers and create more active citizens.
During the session Amanda Grandjean, Director of Elections and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Senator Sherrod Brown spent time with the students, offering words of encouragement and details about the best way to support elections and their interests.
“Working with alumni, friends of the university and organizations like Campus Vote Project allows our students access to resources and help us prepare them to be strong citizens,” added Schroeder.