Carolita Claus

Project: Engage: Social Workers for Voter Empowerment
Program: Civic Engagement Challenge — "How can we use creativity to increase civic engagement in Chattanooga?"

This team of students from the Social Work program at Southern Adventist University believes that voting can be an important indicator of community health, well-being, and empowerment. They know that social workers are in a unique position to empower people who often feel unheard to get involved through voting. They will be working with the faculty to add information into the Social Work program’s curriculum to empower social workers to encourage voting in the communities where they work. Once taught, students will be provided with a downloadable toolkit to train their internship agencies on voter engagement. After piloting the program, they will create a resource toolkit for other universities, agencies, and programs to replicate the strategy.

They hosted a workshop for social workers and social work students at Southern Adventist University. They are in conversations with several universities about getting information about voter registration and empowerment included as part of the Social Work curriculum. 


The Causeway Challenge is an ideas contest centered around a specific question, that empowers individuals to pilot their ideas for community change, with grassroots funding and hands-on coaching.