What we’re doing.
Below, you'll find all of our goals for the 2018-2019 school year. These are ambitious, achievable goals meant to make us the model for College Democrats around the nation.
Organizing a democratic movement
After two years of inactivity, we rechartered the District of Columbia College Democrats with our parent organization, the College Democrats of America. We started by bringing together the four already existing chapters at schools in DC, and then we got to work to rebuild our infrastructure.
In a few months, we adopted bylaws, became a federal PAC, and connected with Democratic Party leaders in the District of Columbia. Now, we’re working to establish chapters on every campus in DC, and we’re looking forward to continuing to build our organization for future College Democrats to carry on for the long term.
Professional development is vital for students, and it’s been a key component of our strategy from the beginning. Connecting our students to campaign, job, and internship opportunities in the Washington Metropolitan Area and providing resources for campus leaders prepares DC College Democrats to work in politics and advocacy after they graduate.
In the coming months, we’ll be hosting workshops for students on all our campuses, bringing together issue-based caucuses to provide spaces for College Democrats to organize, and arranging field trips and lobby days to progressive non-profits and lawmakers’ offices to expose our students to the array of career opportunities in progressive politics.
Turning out our peers
Youth voter turnout was the highest in recent history in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. College Democrats played an important role in that. From multiple overnight canvassing trips as far as Pittsburgh and North Carolina, to weekly phone banks for Democrats across the country, to regular trips to neighboring Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania districts, DC College Democrats made a difference by connecting with hundreds of thousands of voters in 34 states.
We look forward to continuing this work into 2019, getting out the vote in Virginia and New Jersey, working with College Democrats in other states to recruit candidates for local office, and preparing our chapters for elections in 2020.