Political Engagement Activities on Campus

Saint Mary's College is proud to host a lively political scene on campus.
Voting Awards

Campaign for Democratic Engagement

Saint Mary's is part of the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The challenge recognizes campuses committed to improving student voting. In the 2018 mid-term election our voting rate was 50%, well above the national student average of 39%. Saint Mary’s was awarded a Platinum Seal from the ALL IN Challenge in recognition of our excellence in increasing democratic engagement.

Get Involved 
For the 2020 election, our goal is to register every eligible student and achieve a 75% voter turnout. Online voter registration is easy--just go to our TurboVote site. Want one-on-one assistance? Just complete this short survey.

Register to Vote

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Saint Mary's students laugh and talk at a long table during one of the involvement fairs.

Clubs On Campus

Our students have created many clubs on campus that further their political learning. Saint Mary’s students are proud to participate in our branch of Ignite – a nonpartisan organization with the goal of getting young women into politics – as well as both the College Republican and Young Democrats clubs of Saint Mary’s. Our students gain connections through these clubs and participate in larger organizations through our branch chapters, furthering Saint Mary’s belief in the Lasallian principle of Quality Education.

Students

Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California is a safe place that strives to create a supportive, diverse, and inclusive learning environment. At the Center, Saint Mary’s provides a space for diversity events, hosting open mic nights for the students, International Club meetings, and positivity events such as Feel Good Fridays. An inclusive student gathering area, the Intercultural Center is a place to have horizons broadened and diversity affirmed.

James Donahue speaking in Moraga Room of Soda Center, Saint Mary's College

Campus Speakers

Saint Mary’s College of California has welcomed numerous important speakers who have addressed timely and fascinating political subjects, from the courageous Anita Hill’s talk on reimagining equality to acclaimed author Kevin Young’s discussion of the poet’s responsibility. In addition, the acclaimed Lee Mun Wah, Chinese American director and consultant, spoke at the College and gave his unique perspective on creating community between multicultural groups. And recently, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier held a town hall here at Saint Mary’s College to answer students’ questions about income inequality, soaring housing costs, and becoming politically involved.