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The John C. Culver Public Policy Center

An educated citizenry is vital for a healthy democracy

Upcoming Events

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13th Annual Culver Lecture by John Della Volpe

John Della Volpe, Director of Polling for the Harvard Institute of Politics and leading expert on youth political opinions, delivered the Thirteenth Annual Culver Lecture at Simpson College at 7pm on Thursday, April 4, 2024.

As Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, Della Volpe has led the institute’s polling initiatives on understanding American youth since 2000. His best-selling book, FIGHT, How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, has been called "the definitive account of America's next great generation," and "a great read with a tremendous amount of learning for anyone in the business of marketing, selling, or otherwise engaging with the most exciting generation in decades.” 

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Become a Culver Fellow

Each year, a select group of new, incoming full-time first-year students with a passion for politics and public service will be awarded a renewable annual scholarship of up to $2,500 — in addition to all other merit- and need-based financial aid awarded by Simpson College.

Public service may include contributions made within the context of volunteer work, elected office, government service and civic engagement. In addition to the scholarship, Culver Fellows are the student leaders of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center who are involved in all aspects of the center’s work on campus and in the broader community.

Priority consideration will be given to candidates for this scholarship who submit the Simpson College application for admission and supporting materials by February 15, 2024. Click here to apply.

For more information on the John C. Culver Fellows program contact:
Simpson College Office of Admissions: 800-362-2454 or admiss@simpson.edu.

Seth Andersen, Director, Culver Public Policy Center: 515-961-1354 or seth.andersen@simpson.edu.

Simpson College Named Voter Friendly Campus

Simpson College has earned designation as a Voter-Friendly Campus, one of 258 campuses in 38 states and the District of Columbia by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The initiative recognizes institutions that have planned and implemented practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2022 elections and in coming years.

Read the full announcement.

Voter Friendly Campus

Meet the Culver Fellows

Engaged. Active. Involved. Committed. These are all words to describe both the current Culver Fellows and the growing list of alumni. Introduce yourself to these leaders.

Opportunities for Culver Fellows

Becoming a Culver Fellow comes with many experiences and opportunities for involvement including:

  • Internships in politics, government, and public policy.
  • Meeting presidential candidates and organizing for the Iowa Caucuses.
  • Leading nonpartisan voter registration drives on campus in conjunction with the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere program.
  • Hosting nationally-recognized speakers for the annual Culver Lecture and other major programs.
  • Traveling to Washington, D.C. for the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) and May Term immersion courses in politics and government.
  • Representing Simpson College at conferences hosted by the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement at the Harvard Institute of Politics.
  • Leading and serving on Culver Center committees:
    • Communications
    • Political Events
    • Programs
    • Voter Engagement
Culver Fellows Chamber Group

Make a gift to support scholarships for undergraduate Fellows of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College 


Simpson College sets record for student voting during 2020 election

Student voting rose above 75% in 2020 presidential election

Simpson College announced today that student voting on its campus set new institutional records in last year’s presidential election, rising to 75.3% in 2020 from 60.6% in 2016.


All In Gold Campus

Simpson College has been recognized as a Gold Campus by ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for excellence in student voter engagement during the 2020 presidential election. Simpson posted a voter rate of 75.3% in 2020, a 14.7% increase from 2016.

All in Gold Campus


Simpson Students: Register to Vote through TurboVote


Track your issues and send your opinions directly to your Members of Congress with Simpson’s customized IssueVoter website:

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Our programs inspire students to pursue public service careers with integrity and moral courage

The John C. Culver Public Policy Center is dedicated to civic engagement and public service. It was established at Simpson College in 2010 to honor John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. His tenure was marked by a tireless pursuit of policies to ensure justice at home and peace abroad, and he is widely respected for his integrity and political courage by both Republicans and Democrats who served with him in Congress.

We strive to honor Culver’s example. The center’s nonpartisan programs educate and inspire active participation in our democracy and encourage young people to consider public service as their life’s work. For more information, please contact Culver Center Director Seth Andersen at 515-961-1354 or seth.andersen@simpson.edu.


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John C. Culver Tribute

A Tribute To Former Senator John C. Culver

A video of the Tribute to Senator Culver is available to view on the Culver Center Facebook page.

A memorial fund has been established through the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College. To make a gift, visit the Culver Center donation page
Mail checks to: Culver Public Policy Center, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, IA 50125. 
Please call 515-961-1683 with any questions about donations to the Culver Center. 

Senator Culver talks about the importance of public service




Election Resources for Students

Simpson's student-led voter engagement team at the Culver Public Policy Center has created this page to update students about voting and elections.

Election Resources