Press Release: Common Sense Action Launches First Campus Challenge

Posted by Blake Wright on February 03, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Monday, February 3, 2014

Contact: Lane Farrell

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Common Sense Action Launches its First Campus Challenge 

Providence, R.I. – Today, Common Sense Action officially launched the CSA Campus Challenge.  Twenty-five chapters will compete to build the Common Sense Action movement on their campuses, and they will begin to introduce the Agenda for Generational Equity (AGE) – CSA’s Millennial policy agenda – to electoral candidates. The competition will run for two months from February 3rd to April 1st, 2014.  

“After researching, negotiating, and finalizing the national Agenda for Generational Equity, the Campus Challenge gives CSA chapters an opportunity to build the Common Sense Action movement and mobilize a nationwide network of Millennials who want to address the problems threatening our future,” said Common Sense Action Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Sam Gilman.   

“With the CSA Campus Challenge, we ‘gameified’ campus organizing and movement building.  We want the Challenge to be fun,” adds CSA co-founder and Chief Action Officer Andrew Kaplan, ”Through a healthy mix of collaboration and competition, CSA has created a structure that incentivizes our chapters to begin growing the CSA movement exponentially.”

The competition aims to promote three goals: millennial voter empowerment and education, candidate education, and movement building.  Through voter empowerment, Common Sense Action members will engage their community in grassroots politics, while candidate education will allow chapter leaders to connect with politicians.  Network activism will make the CSA movement national, leveraging our chapters in 17 different states across the country. 

Chapters will be evaluated based on their success in six essential activities: candidate education, endorsements of AGE, social media engagement, events hosted, media attention, and collaboration with other chapters. 

Through the Challenge, CSA chapters can win prizes, such as dinner with a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) senior fellow, CSA and BPC branded items, priority status for future BPC and CSA internships, a one-year subscription to Netflix or Spotify Premium, lunch in DC with senior fellows, and other exciting opportunities. 

To follow the Challenge’s progress, “like” Common Sense Action on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also check out chapter blogs throughout the competition, as well as more information on AGE, at

The following chapters are participating in the Campus Challenge: Arizona State University, Boston University, Brown University, Claremont McKenna College, College of William and Mary, George Washington University, Hofstra University, Lafayette College, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Ohio State University, Swarthmore College, Tulane University, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of California: Berkeley, University of California: Davis, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Northern Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Washington and Lee University, and Wittenberg University.


About Common Sense Action

Common Sense Action is a grassroots organization that expands opportunity for Millennials by bringing the next generation to the policymaking table and building a movement of Millennial voters committed to advancing generational fairness, investing in Millennial mobility, and repairing politics.