The Vote Everywhere Project by the Andrew Goodman Foundation
Andrew “Andy” Goodman and two of his contemporaries were young adults committed to equality, voting rights, and social justice—they died fighting for those very commitments during Freedom Summer 1964.
Established to continue Andy’s legacy, The Andrew Goodman Foundation (The AGF) inspires through a story that touches diverse Americans—Jews and Christians, young and old, blacks and whites—and empowers young people to fully participate in the Democratic process. Through the Vote Everywhere and Hidden Heroes programs, The AGF sets Millennials on the path toward civic engagement and greater political power. Join our journey to inspire more young people to pursue social change, activate the important lessons of the past, and sustain today’s effective social action.
More information about the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Vote Everywhere Project can be found here.
Andrew Goodman Foundation at the University of Utah
The Andrew Goodman Foundation at the University of Utah is the local chapter of this national organization. This student group was founded in January 2015 and has worked since to register thousands of students to vote, help secure an on-campus polling location for students, manage and disseminate information about the University of Utah-specific voter registration website, organize voter-registration competitions between the Fraternities and Sororities on Greek Row, advocate issues and bills impacting students to state legislators, and work to integrate voter registration as a part of new-student orientation. In the fall of 2016 alone, the Andrew Goodman Foundation at the University of Utah registered over 1,200 students to vote and helped nearly 2,800 students vote on campus.
Meet the Ambassadors
Gerrit Seymour is majoring in Music as well as Middle Eastern Studies with hopes to go to medical school. This semester he is interning with Congressman Chris Stewart of Utah. Through the Vote Everywhere program, he hopes encourage participation in the political processes that run our communities, nation, and the world.
Christopher Coombs is a senior at the University of Utah and currently pursuing a double major in History and Political Science. As a Utah native, Chris has grown up and remains a loyal member in the Greek Orthodox Church. His collegiate experience has also been defined by his membership and leadership roles in distinguished groups like the Sigma Chi Fraternity. As a strong advocate of public service and good government, Chris has served as an Editorial Board Member of the Hinckley Journal of Politics, presented campaign research to the Utah House Republican Caucus, worked on the gubernatorial campaign for Gary Herbert, and finished four Hinckley internships. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, exercise, and being with his friends.
Connor Yakaitis is entering his senior year at the University of Utah majoring in political science with an emphasis in public policy and a double minor in campaign management and economics. He has been a long time friend of the Hinckley Institute, serving on the editorial board of the Hinckley Journal of Politics, interning at the Utah State Legislature and currently serving as a Hinckley Student Ambassador. These experiences gave me the passion, confidence and knowledge to be appointed Director of Government Relations for the student body government known as ASUU, where he works with many fantastic colleagues to increase voter turnout and advocate for university students at the state capitol. He is also currently starting a chapter of the Roosevelt Institute on campus as another avenue by which students can get actively engaged in politics. Originally from the Red Sox half of Connecticut, he plans on attending graduate school and aspire to run for office back east, where he can maintain a healthy balance between public service, boating and eating New England clam chowder.