The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Our story began in the heat of the Freedom Summer of 1964, when three young men -- Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner -- traveled to the South to register African-Americans to vote. On their first day there, the three men were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. From this tragedy, Andrew Goodman Foundation was born.

The organization was created in 1966 by Robert '35 (Eng '39) and Carolyn Goodman '36, to carry on the spirit and the purpose of their son Andrew's life. The Andrew Goodman Foundation now exists on dozens of campuses across the nation. Our work today harnesses the legacy of the courageous leaders of the civil rights movement.

Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassadors

Read The Ithacan Article, "Initiatives aim to continue increase of student voting".

Check out election results here.

Apply to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador. Send a resume and letter of interest to

Update Your Voter Registration!

Don't forget to update your voter registration address at your local Board of Elections. If you're changing your address, whether at Cornell or in another city, it's time to update your voter registration!

Not sure where you're registered to vote? Check here:

Want to update your registration or register for the first time?

If you need help, contact the Andrew Goodman Foundation in the Public Service Center, 300 Kennedy, or email us at

    Cornell's Vote Everywhere Mission:

    1. Increase voter registration on Cornell's campus.
    2. Create avenues for Cornell students to vote.
    3. Increase the spirit of activism and civic engagement on Cornell's campus.

    Cornell & The AGF:

    • In 2014, Cornell Public Service Center partnered with the AGF to bring the VoteEverywhere Campaign to Cornell.
    • Michael Schwerner, a young activist that accompanied Andrew Goodman to Mississippi in 1964, was a class of 1961 Cornell graduate.
    • Visit the stained-glass window in Sage Chapel that serves as a memorial for Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney.

    National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagment

    Democracy Counts 2018

    2014 & 2018 Campus Report Student Voting Rates for Cornell University

    2012-2016 Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting

    Student Voting Rates for Cornell University

    2012 and 2016 NSLVE Report for Cornell University


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    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY 14853

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    Be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador!


    Minimum GPA of 3.0. Be able to commit to at least 5 hours of work a week for a 3-year term. Must be engaging, willing to actively cooperate with other campus organizations and students throughout their term, and demonstrate a passionate commitment to civic engagement through unique perspectives and idea.

    As an ambassador, you will:

    Support voter registration and get out the vote efforts on Cornell's campus. Work in collaboration with other ambassadors and volunteers to bring awareness and promote civic actions. Ensure voter registration, voter education and get out the vote (GOTV) efforts are a well-organized, visible and institutionalized part of campus life. Organize, partner and mobilize like-minded students, clubs and organizations around voting and social issues. Articulate the mission and vision of Vote Everywhere by connecting on-campus efforts to the history of the US Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney.

    Information about Vote Everywhere Campaign:

    We are witness to the rise of a diverse and connected new citizenry, one that can forever transform our society and our world for the better. Our ability to spark students' passion - today - will result in change, tomorrow. Through Vote Everywhere, a national movement of student leaders and university administrators, we partner with America's colleges and universities to create dynamic hubs of student participation.

    Our vision is that young people will become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. Join us during this critical time for American democracy and help shape the next generation of civic leaders.