KU Civic Engagement Week

The Dole Institute believes in empowering the people. If you’re looking for a place to volunteer, to learn to talk politics like a pro, or to find like-minded institutes around the nation – you’ve come to the right page. Political Glossary Useful political terms defined. View Political Glossary » Voting Resources We believe voting empowers every American citizen with a voice to direct our government. Find out how you can empower yourself today. View Voting Resources » My Elected Officials Our political representatives in federal, state and local government are there to represent our interests. Contact them if you have something say! View My Elected Officials » Civic Engagements Looking for a way to get involved in your community? Check out the various local and national organizations that are seeking people like you. View Civic Engagements » Great Minds Think Alike View our listings of other great political institutions around the United States. View Great Minds Think Alike »

Every election year the Dole Institute coordinates Get Out the Vote efforts on KU’s campus. Check it out and get involved!

Civic Engagement Essay Contest

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women’s History Month

First Place: $250
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $100

Essay Question

Is the vote a right or a responsibility?

Essay Contest Guidelines

April 10, 2020  (by 12 noon)

Length of Essay:
500 word max (12 pt font)

KU Undergraduate Students

Original Work:
Essay must be submitting student’s original work


Must include a cover sheet that includes: full name, local address (street, city, state, zip, apartment number), phone number, and college year.
Please be sure name is on each page of essay.

Submit Essays via:

E-Mail (pdf):

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

By submitting an entry, permission is granted for the Dole Institute of Politics to reprint the winning essays.

A panel of judges will select the winners.

Sponsored by
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, KU Civic Engagement and Leadership Council, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. Prizes provided by the generous support of the Ed Reilly Civic Engagement Fund