Support of SF State Voter Registration Campaign, Fall 2008

Resolution Number: RF08-270
September, 2008



ACADEMIC
SENATE RESOLUTION

#RF08-270

SUPPORT
OF SF STATE VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN
FALL 2008

WHEREAS, SF State's mission is
rooted in social justice, equity, community engagement and service; and

WHEREAS, Voting is an extension
of the desire to serve, a way of achieving more widespread and lasting change;
and

WHEREAS, SF State has committed
itself to lively and widespread efforts to encourage voter registration and
voter education; and

WHEREAS, SF
State has been nationally recognized for finding innovative ways to encourage eligible
students to vote; establishing a
voting precinct and polling place on campus; and, informing voters by hosting
panel discussions and programs while fostering community engagement through student
clubs and student government; and

WHEREAS, the CSU Executive Order 1033 released on
June 18, 2008 calls for the learning outcomes of the General Education program
of all campuses to include Personal and Social Responsibility in order "to
fit within the framework of the four 'Essential Learning Outcomes' drawn from
the Liberal Education and American Promise (LEAP) campaign;" therefore, the
California Faculty Association, the Institute of Civic and Community
Engagement, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Government and Community
Relations Office, Associated Students Inc., Office of Student Programs and
Leadership Development, the College of Ethnic Studies and the California State
Employee Association will be conducting a non-partisan voter registration
campaign at SF State through October 20, 2008 (Monday through Thursdays); and

WHEREAS, President Robert A.
Corrigan and Provost John Gemello have steadfastly encouraged faculty to
participate in this non-partisan civic activity; and

WHEREAS, By engaging in voter
registration activities, faculty can model their commitment to the society
beyond the University that we also encourage in community service learning
courses, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the SF State Academic Senate
strongly endorse the non-partisan voter registration campaign of fall 2008, and
be it further

RESOLVED, That the SF State Academic Senate
publicize the dates, times, and places of the voter registration campaign, and
urge all faculty to do the same in their classes, and be it further

RESOLVED, That the SF State Academic Senate
invite all faculty members to participate in a manner that is most appropriate
for them, including staffing a voter-registration table or discussing with
their students the importance of making informed choices in the electoral
process.

***Approved by the Academic Senate at its meeting on
September 23, 2008***