Student Senate Promotes Voter Engagement

Event held on National Voter Registration Day

The Student Senate at Dakota County Technical College hosted an event on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), Tuesday, September 19, 2023, to promote voter engagement. Alexis Nordling, student senate vice president, and Natasha Grad, student senate campus liaison, took the lead on planning and managing the promotion. LeadMN, the Minnesota public two-year college student association, partnered with the college to hold the event.

Natasha Grad

“Being able to contribute to the promotion of voting opportunities within my local DCTC community was a profoundly meaningful experience,” Natasha said. “Personally, it had a significant impact on me to be part of the effort that allows my peers to engage in this crucial American privilege. Ensuring that events like this take place on campus is of utmost importance in ensuring that fellow students can readily exercise their voting rights.”

Alexis Nordling

“National voter registration day made democracy more accessible to our students of all ages and backgrounds at DCTC,” Alexis said. “We on the Student Senate had plenty of support from the faculty and staff at the school, as well as organizations such LeadMN and other members of our community.”

Alexis added that she is happy to live in a state with access to amazing resources like NVRD and bipartisan education.

“Minnesota is a great place to get involved in politics,” she said, “and it’s never too early or too late become a more engaged voter!”

About the Student Senate at DCTC

The Student Senate is the official voice of students on campus. Involved in many decisions made on campus, including tuition increases, graduation planning and college activities, the Student Senate can also initiate projects for campus improvement.

All students are encouraged to participate in the Student Senate.

DCTC Student Senate Subcommittees

Activities Committee
Chaired by the vice president, the Activities Committee plans and coordinates campus activities and events sponsored by the Student Senate. Events include blood drives, Card Your Valentine, winter and spring parties, Grad Blast, and more!

Student Life Committee
Chaired by the president of the Student Senate and the director of Student Life, the Student Life Committee studies and makes recommendations to the Student Senate on issues related to funding, including tuition increases and club funding requests.

Outreach Committee
Chaired by the campus liaison, the Outreach Committee works to promote Student Life to the DCTC community, and on Student Life retention efforts. It is the goal of the Outreach Committee to create a stronger community among DCTC students, faculty, and staff.

Student Senate Mission

  • Represent all DCTC students.
  • Serve as student body voice with state legislature and other governing bodies.
  • Work with college administration and faculty to promote high quality education.
  • Advance cooperation between students and the community.
  • Increase scholastic interest and achievement.
  • Organize, maintain and energize activities within the student community.
  • Encourage students to participate in other organizations related to their fields of study.
  • Inspire and support student understanding and participation in citizenship activities.
  • Serve as official DCTC representative with LeadMN, formerly the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA).

About National Voter Registration Day¹

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. It has quickly gained momentum since it was first observed in 2012, with more than 5 million voters registered to vote on the holiday to date.

Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology, and media efforts.

According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register.

National Voter Registration Day efforts are designed to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote, creating broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

The holiday is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).


About LeadMN²

LeadMN is college students connecting for the change. We represent the 100,000 two-year college students in Minnesota to help them transform their lives and their communities. Our students LeadMN by developing leadership skills to realize their potential, see beyond what they thought was possible for personal success, and to drive community-wide change.

Our Driving Mission
The American Dream has long been a symbol of achieving success. For far too many Minnesotans, the path to this dream is impeded due to systemic barriers. At LeadMN we break down those barriers by empowering two-year college students to become strong leaders, engaged community members, and successful professionals. We are rebuilding a pathway for students to achieve their American Dream.

How We’re Doing It
We have four pillars to our program that helps provide students with skills and confidence that lead to a better sense of self and long-term success.

Learn more about the Student Senate and Student Life at DCTC by contacting:
Student Life Associate Director
Dakota County Technical College

¹ SOURCE: About National Voter Registration Day
² SOURCE: LeadMN: What We Do