The NYU Democracy Project

DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!

In the ongoing fight for our democracy, the NYU Democracy Project exists to:

1. Fund pro-democracy fellowships for students to work in nonpartisan organizations.

2. Mobilize the broader NYU community around civic action and connect volunteers with voting rights, voter engagement and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) opportunities. 

3. Promote voter turnout in the NYU community.

 

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: 

1. Apply to our Fellowship Program - Fall '22 applications are now open! 

The NYU Democracy Project offers two funded fellowships: LEAD Fellowships (open to all NYU students) are now open and will close on July 31st. Parke Fellowships (only for continuing and graduating Wagner students) will reopen for Summer 2023. If you're interested in applying, we encourage you to attend one of our upcoming info sessions using the link below. To be added to our mailing list for updates on future info sessions and application cycles, please email us at DemocracyProject@nyu.edu.

 

2. Plug into current electoral and pro-democracy organizing!

The midterms are coming up and there is critical work to be done to ensure everyone can vote and to build power in underrepresented communities. Below are a list of both paid and unpaid ways for students can get involved outside of our Democracy Fellowships.

 

Already involved with a pro-democracy organization? Join the LEAD Democracy Cohort and participate in professional development and community-building events with your NYU peers! Contact us at DemocracyProject@nyu.edu to get connected.

 

 


 

Meet the Fellows:

Read about current and past Democracy Fellows and what motivates their commitment to a more equitable and fair democracy. 

Current Fellows

Previous Cohorts

For more on the VOTE 2020 experience, we also invite you to watch these testimonials from our first cohort. Students share their experiences, key takeaways, and the impacts of the fellowship. 

 


 

Meet the Fellows

Meet the Fellows:

Read about current and past Democracy Fellows and what motivates their commitment to a more equitable and fair democracy. 

Current Fellows

Previous Cohorts

For more on the VOTE 2020 experience, we also invite you to watch these testimonials from our first cohort. Students share their experiences, key takeaways, and the impacts of the fellowship. 

 


 

MEDIA & WORK BY FELLOWS

A lone voter fills out a ballot alongside a row of empty booths at a polling station in Cincinnati on Nov. 8, 2016. (John Minchillo/AP)

Sen. Manchin’s Freedom to Vote Act would help stop gerrymandering, our research finds

"We examined new district maps, and found that those drawn by independent commissions would be most likely to pass the Manchin test."

Parke Fellow Anna Harris co-authors op-ed for the Washington Post based on her research with the Brennan Center for Justice's Redistricting Program.

Read here

Justin Sullivan/Getty

Large Racial Turnout Gap Persisted in 2020 Election

"70.9 percent of white voters cast ballots compared with only 58.4 percent of nonwhite voters — a disparity that will worsen with new restrictive voting laws." 

Parke Fellow Coryn Grange co-authors Brennan Center analysis on research on racial disparities in voter turnout. 

Read here

The Washington Post/Getty

Racial Turnout Gap Grew in Jurisdictions Previously Covered by the Voting Rights Act

"Between 2012 and 2020, the white-Black turnout gap grew between 9.2 and 20.9 percentage points across five of the six states originally covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act."

Parke Fellow Coryn Grange co-authors Brennan Center resource on analysis of racial disparities in voting and implications of changes to key voting legislation. 

Read here

vote here sign with voting line

The Impact of Restrictive Voting Legislation

"Reports from across the nation reveal that new legislation will disproportionately suppress voters from marginalized groups."

Parke Fellows Zoe Merriman and Coryn Grange co-author a Brennan Center resource that explains the impact of new legislation on voter suppression. 

Read here

Partisan bias in legislative maps

California knows how to avoid partisan gerrymandering

"In this article we explain that there is a solution to this once-a-decade nationwide battle: California’s model of an independent citizen redistricting commission."

Parke Fellow Anna Harris co-authors blog post on solutions to redistricting. Read above in SCOCAblog, a joint project of Berkeley Law's California Constituion Center and the Hastings Law Journal. 

Read here

labcast

By the People for the People: the Vote 2020 Initiative

"As the consequential elections of 2020 approached, NYU professors Erica Foldy and John Gershman began asking these questions—and the VOTE 2020 Fellowship was their answer. 'By the People, For the People' tells the story of this experimental initiative, and examines what happens when everyday people, like Erica, John, and their students at NYU, take ownership of their democracy."

A student-made podcast tells the store of what inspired the VOTE2020 Initiative, and how it grew into the NYU Democracy Project. 

Listen here

The NYU Democracy Project is a project of the Initiative for Community Power and Democratic Engagement at NYU.