ILLINOIS– The Illinois Wesleyan College Democrats were named the 2014 National Chapter of the Year at the College Democrats of America National Convention, held August 22-24 in Atlanta, GA. At the Convention, College Democrats from around the country gathered to take part in trainings, elect the National Officers, and recognize the previous year’s accomplishments.
Being selected as the National Chapter of the Year is the highest honor given to a College Democrats chapter. When presenting the award, the Awards Committee noted the chapter’s unprecedented growth and ability to work with high-profile elected officials and candidates.
In addition to expanding membership and working on targeted campaigns, the IWU College Democrats also worked on philanthropy projects in low-income areas of Bloomington, conducted voter registration drives and phone banks, sent students to campaign in Virginia for now Governor Terry McAuliffe, and hosted elected officials on campus like Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Governor Pat Quinn, and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. The Illinois Wesleyan College Democrats also hosted the College Democrats of Illinois State Convention, which was attended by more than 100 college students from thirteen campuses across the state; the largest State Convention in recent CDIL history.
“We are incredibly proud to have been chosen as the College Democrats of America’s National Chapter of the Year,” said Illinois Wesleyan College Democrats President, Brexton Isaacs. ““This recognition is a testament to the hard work our members do to advance Democratic values and elect public officials we believe in. It’s often said that students don’t vote or care about politics. IWU College Democrats have proven that is not always the case.”
The Illinois Wesleyan College Democrats is a chartered chapter of the College Democrats of Illinois and the College Democrats of America, the official youth arm of the Democratic Party. As a group representing collegiate Democrats at Illinois Wesleyan, the IWU College Democrats strive to educate students on Democratic values, promote advocacy in concert with student leaders' furthering of those values, and engage students with local, state and federal campaigns.