On September 13th, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson appointed college students from across the state to serve on the Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force. Among them was GVSU student body president Eric-John Szczepaniak, a pre-service social studies teacher with a passion for civic education.
This non-partisan group will include students from 2 and 4 year institutions that will “determine a series of programmatic, administrative and policy changes to reduce barriers and improve voter engagement among Michigan college students.”
“Young people are the future of our democracy, and this task force is an important step toward ensuring their voices are heard on Election Day and beyond,” Benson said. “I look forward to working with students, faculty and administrators in the months ahead to empower the next generation of voters.”
Szczepaniak also serves as a publicly elected school board member for Kenowa Hills Public Schools and the Board President for the Michigan Center for Civic Education.
For more information on the Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force and an updated list of task force members, visit the Secretary of State website.
Eric-John Szczepaniak is a passionate public servant focused on building agency and ownership in communities. Visit ericjohn.org for more!