Olivia Anderson ’18 Wins National Award from The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Simpson students make a difference, and senior-to-be Olivia Anderson is yet another example.

Olivia will receive one of six “Hidden Heroes Awards” from The Andrew Goodman Foundation for what the organization describes as “exceptional contributions to voting rights and social justice.”

The foundation cited Olivia’s work coordinating with local election officials to secure caucus locations and an early voting polling place on Simpson’s campus, “so students could easily participate in the primary and general elections.”

In addition, she helped highlight the problems of an Iowa law that implements restrictive voter ID practices with specific impact on out-of-state students.

“As a Culver Fellow and lead ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere program at Simpson College, Olivia directs a comprehensive voter registration and engagement initiative that encourages her fellow students to adopt voting as a lifelong habit of good citizenship,” said Seth Andersen, director of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College. “She is fiercely dedicated to protecting students’ voting rights and ensuring that Iowa’s new voter ID law does not disenfranchise any eligible voters on our campus or throughout the state.”

Olivia and five other students from throughout the country will receive the award in August during the National Civic Leadership Training Summit in Stony Point, N.Y.

Olivia came to Simpson from Oak Ridge, N.C.

If you want to make a difference, Simpson College can help show you how. Contact our Admissions Department at admiss@simpson.edu, or call 515-961-1624 or (800)-362-2454.