The Voter Access Initiative (VAI) is a non-partisan, cross-disciplinary group working to increase voter participation on campus and around Baltimore.

The Voter Access Initiative coordinates and amplifies voter participation and civic engagement opportunities across MICA’s campus. This work group arose organically from a student organization and several offices on campus whose efforts focused on voter education and electoral turnout.

As a premier art and design school in the US, MICA’s campus is bubbling with creative ways to get involved outside the classroom. VAI taps into this energy by engaging students, faculty, and staff in designing vibrant posters, making GOTV buttons, and sharing voting-related photos and messages on social media. These activities contribute to the culture of excitement about voter participation and other forms of civic action on campus.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2022 Student Voting Honor Roll Recipient, Declan McKenna ('21)
  • 2020 Best In Class Campus Awards, Best Action Plan (tied) for Private 4-Year Institutions
  • 2020 Student Voting Honor Roll Recipient, Jenny De La Cruz ('22)
  • 2018 Student Voting Honor Roll Recipient, Maddie Wolf ('19)
  • 2018 Campus Champion Award, Highest Registration Rate
  • 2018 Best In Class Campus Awards, Best Action Plan for Private 4-Year Institutions

MICA proudly partners with the following organizations: 

Fall Summaries

Check out the latest report to learn more about the work of MICA's Voter Access Initiative. The report serves as a summary and celebration of the events, activities, and collaborative efforts throughout fall 2020.


ALL IN Action Plan

In 2018, MICA joined the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to make democratic participation a core value on campus. In joining ALL IN, MICA created an action plan that served as an organizing document for the 2018 midterm elections, as well as a long-term strategy for the work.

2022 ALL IN ACTION PLAN  2020 ALL IN ACTION PLAN  |  2018 all in action plan

MICA's Voter Turnout Data

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) provides MICA with reports on student registration and voting rates. NSLVE is a service to colleges and universities interested in learning about their students' voting habits, as well as a national database for research on college student voting and, more broadly, political learning and engagement in democracy.

2020 NSLVE REPORT  |  2018 & 2014 NSLVE REPORT 2016 & 2012 NSLVE REport