Gov. McAuliffe launches task force to promote millennial civic engagement

Terry McAuliffe, 72nd Governor of Virginia, Photo Date: 3/24/2015
Terry McAuliffe, 72nd Governor of Virginia, Photo Date: 3/24/2015(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 5:10 PM EDT
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is trying to get more young people involved in their communities.

McAuliffe recently announced the formation of the Governor's Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force.

The governor issued an executive directive last week directing the new task force to come up with ways to make it easier for young people, and college students in particular, to get more involved.

“Virginia was proud to become the first state in the nation to commit to integrating service years on its campuses and I am honored to take that challenge to the next level by launching the Civic Engagement Task Force,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Virginia millennials will set the course for the future of this Commonwealth. Through this task force, our mission is to find new ways to encourage them to take ownership of their communities and civic institutions.”

The task force will assess current organizations and programs that promote civic engagement on college campuses, host roundtables to hear from other millennials on the topic, and also study whether courses in civic engagement should be part of college freshmen orientation.

The group is set to issue a report to the governor by December.

“A top priority of Governor McAuliffe’s administration has been to build an inclusive Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to everyone,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson. “Millennials are a crucial sector of Virginia’s population, but have historically been under-engaged in civic activity. Growing a new Virginia economy requires effort and participation by people of all ages, especially millennials. I am eager to work with this committed group of young Virginians to foster a greater culture of civic engagement among our students.”

The Task Force on Millennial Civic Engagement includes faculty and student representatives from a number of colleges and universities in the states. You can find them all below:

• The Honorable Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth

• President Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia

• President Jonathan Alger, James Madison University

• Traci DeShazor, Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth*

• Liz Howard, Deputy Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections

• Paula Robinson, Assistant Director of College Access and PK-12 Outreach, State Council on Higher Education

• Jared Calfee, Executive Director, Virginia 21

• Nakeina Douglas Glenn, PhD, Director, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University

• Doug Garcia, State Board Member, Virginia Community College System

• Jay Brown, Board of Visitors Member, Radford University

• Julia Billingsley, Student Representative, Virginia Tech

• Alexandra Boone, Student Representative, Norfolk State University

• Jewel Hurt, Student Representative, James Madison University

• Kenneth Christopher Kidd, Student Representative, Christopher Newport University

• Dana Legere, Student Representative, John Tyler Community College

• Colleen Elizabeth McNickle, Student Representative, Radford University

• Praise Nyambiya, Student Representative, Longwood University

• Elizabeth Parker, Student Representative and Governor’s Fellow, University of Virginia

• Joseph Russell, Student Representative, George Mason University

• Zaakir Tameez, Student Representative, University of Virginia*

• Megan Turner, Student Representative, University of Mary Washington

• Katherine Webb, Student Representative, College of William and Mary

• Shai West, Student Representative, Virginia State University

• Kelsey Wilkinson, Student Representative, Randolph Macon College

• Imani Yeboah, Student Representative, Virginia Commonwealth University

• TBA, Student Representative, Old Dominion University

• TBA, Student Representative, Virginia Military Institute