The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

The University of Michigan delivers a world-class education to students, preparing them with critical knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be leaders in an increasingly complex world. Catalyzing and supporting students as they build the knowledge, skills, and agency for full participation in civic life must be a fundamental part of that education. 

The Ginsberg Center works with students, faculty, and staff across campus to advance knowledge, skills, and commitment to socially responsible civic engagement. Democratic engagement - including non-partisan voter engagement, civics and media literacy, and dialogue across difference - are crucial components within the full scope of our civic engagement work.

We provide resources to empower students and support faculty and staff so they can effectively engage in the democratic process.

Big Ten Voting Challenge and Election Resources

Upcoming Events & Key Dates

  • October 15, 2020: U-M is hosting the 2nd Presidential Debate. 
    • Visit the official website to learn more about the debate and the programming surrounding the event
  • October 19, 2020: last date for students to register to vote in any manner other than in person
    • After the 19th, students will need to register to vote in person WITH proof of residency at a Secretary of State branch or with the local clerk. 
  • October 30, 2020: By mail absentee ballot deadline (applying 7 days prior recommended).
  • November 2, 2020: In person absentee ballot deadline
  • November 3, 2020: ELECTION DAY
  • Additional voter information available at

Educational Resources

Know your rights, and our history as a nation.  

2020 Census

Click here to read up on the university's work on the Census, and be counted! 

2020 Presidential Debate

Building upon the University of Michigan’s commitment to public service, we will host the second of three 2020 Presidential debates on October 15, 2020. The Ginsberg Center is playing a coordinating role with partners across campus to connect this important event with the ongoing civic learning of UM students. 

Visit the official website to learn more about the debate and the programming surrounding the event!