Wyman continues College Civics tour May 6-8

News Release
Issued: May 01, 2013

OLYMPIA...Secretary of State Kim Wyman continues her first College Civics tour with 12 campus visits across the state over three days next week.

“I really look forward to our upcoming campus visits,” said Wyman, who has a daughter graduating from college this spring and a son entering college in the fall. “We want students to know how they can make a difference through voting and being civically engaged in their communities.”

Wyman is taking part in student-designed campus activities and discussions focused on encouraging the state’s youngest voters to participate in elections and be more involved in campus life and their community. Wyman’s itinerary is:

Monday, May 6: Wenatchee Valley College at Omak, 9-10 a.m.; Central Washington University, 12-1 p.m.; Spokane Falls Community College, 2:15-3 p.m.; and Eastern Washington University, 5-6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7: Whatcom Community College, 10-11 a.m.; Western Washington University, 12-1 p.m.; Skagit Valley College, 2-3 p.m.; and Pacific Lutheran University, 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8: Tacoma Community College, 10-11 a.m.; University of Washington Tacoma, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Bellevue College, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; and University of Washington’s main campus in Seattle, 4-5 p.m.

The upcoming tour visits include several noteworthy events:

  • The Central Washington University visit features a showcase of student service projects.
  • At Spokane Falls CC, Wyman will meet with student government candidates.
  • The Western Washington University stop includes Wyman having a brown-bag lunch with student veterans.
  • At Bellevue College, Wyman will participate in a civics knowledge trivia showdown.
  • The Skagit Valley College visit includes a pie-and-politics gathering, with fresh baked pies by the school’s culinary students.

Wyman, who became Secretary of State in January, kicked off the tour with visits in mid-April to South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia and Washington State University’s main campus in Pullman.

This spring, Wyman unveiled a new College Civics micro-grants program to support students’ plans for greater civic engagement and voter participation on campus. CWU, PLU, Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and Whatcom CC were each awarded $500 micro-grants to put their proposals into action.

“What we really want to do is make these students lifelong voters. In a presidential election year, people are excited to vote. In an off-election year like 2013, it’s much harder,” Wyman said. “The micro-grants are intended to give students the tools to build sustainable voting programs on their campuses. The ultimate goal is to make civic engagement a part of the campus culture every year.”

The College Civics Tour is organized by the Office of Secretary of State’s College Civics Program and funded by a federal grant. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is a federal law that was adopted in 2002 to help with voter education.

Note to editors and producers: Members of the media are welcome to attend the events hosted at local schools. To schedule an interview with Secretary Wyman or make other arrangements, please contact Brian Zylstra at brian.zylstra@sos.wa.gov or (360) 902-4173, or David Ammons at (360) 902-4140 or dave.ammons@sos.wa.gov. For more information about specific locations of events on campuses, please contact JulieAnne Behar with the Elections Division’s Education and Outreach team at (360) 725-5795 or julieanne.behar@sos.wa.gov. ^^