By Kristine “Aster” Medina, Editor-in-Chief
The University of Central Florida alumnae chapter ran a nonpartisan voter registration drive in partnership with APIA Vote, Rock the Vote, Orange County, FL and BurgerFi on May 14.
The Pledge to Vote event was planned by Central Florida Alumnae Lillie Dao, philanthropy chair, and Mai Nguyen, program director. They said over 100 people attended the event held outside of BurgerFi. Funds raised through the event benefit the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and a civic engagement scholarship awarded to an undergraduate sister from Epsilon Chapter.
We talked to our sisters last week about the Pledge to Vote event, the importance of civic engagement and active alumnae involvement. Read what they had to say in response.
What inspired the alumnae chapter to host the voter registration drive?
May is Asian Heritage Month, the Central Florida Alumnae Chapter wanted to encourage civic engagement among the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and the greater Orlando community at-large and promote that every vote counts! The event was a nonpartisan effort to rally community members to pledge to vote this election year. During the event, voter registration, registration modifications, absentee ballot requests, voter education materials and voter pledge sign-ups were provided.
How did the partnership with APIA Vote and Rock the Vote come about?
We wanted to work with these two organizations because of their reputation being the front-runners of making voting easier for young adults by simplifying and demystifying voter registration and elections.
Why is it important to register to vote?
The right to vote is one of the most cherished rights of citizenship in the United States and the basis of our democratic form of government. It’s important to register to vote because the right to vote is “a fundamental political right because it is preservative of all rights.”
Why is it crucial for undergraduate chapters to maintain connections with their alumnae base?
It’s important for undergraduates to maintain connections with their alumnae for many reasons. Alumnae are great role models for current sisters and are often well placed to offer practical support to sisters as they start their careers. Alumnae can offer continuous learning, professional development, social and philanthropic opportunities.
Why did the alumnae chapter choose to raise funds for NOF and scholarship?
We chose to raise funds for NOF to help improve patient care and support for those who have already broken bones due to osteoporosis and to protect future generations from this debilitating disease, and the merit scholarship provides support for sisters that have demonstrated academic excellence, extensive community and extracurricular involvement and financial need.
Huge thank you to our partners at APIA Vote, Orange County, FL, Rock the Vote and BurgerFi and, of course, Epsilon Chapter of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., University of Central Florida Diversified Greek Council and the Central Florida community.
For future events and more information about the Central Florida alumnae chapter, contact Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured & Article Images: Mai Nguyen