ONE Campus’ first challenge of the semester, part two of our year-long challenge, has come to a close. How did the students do? Well, if you ask me, they knocked it out of the park.
Over the past four weeks, ONE chapters across the nation celebrated ONE’s tenth birthday by taking ten unique actions designed to honor and continue the legacy of activism and action. In total, they garnered 1753 petition signatures to demand transparency from Big Oil companies. They held eight in-person, in-district meetings with their members of Congress. They tweeted at Congress 461 times. And they held 42 ONE, advocacy-themed birthday parties on their college campuses.
ONE Campus chapters across the board worked furiously to complete all 10 actions, and we had a particularly difficult time choosing the winners! But with that said, we’re excited to announce the Challenge 1 winner: University of Michigan!
As for second and third place, we simply couldn’t choose: ONE at University of Wyoming, ONE at Marquette University, and ONE at Virginia Commonwealth University all tied. Check out some of the highlights from their incredible campaigns below!
ONE at University of Michigan got photos with lots of campus celebrities (including Olympian Sam Mikulak below) in ONE shirts, spoke to more than 200 people in student dorms about ONE’s work, got more than 30 Big Oil petition signatures, met with their local Representative in person about the Electrify Africa Act, teamed up with partner student organizations on campus, tabled and recruited members, made tweets and phone calls to Congress, and wrote a blog post. Great work!
University of Wyoming established their brand new ONE chapter on campus, engaged the heads of their school’s student government, tabled and recruited new members, posted fliers with facts and stats all over campus, met in-person with Senator Barrasso’s office, partnered with a like-minded organization on campus, engaged local media outlets, and tweeted at their members of Congress like crazy.
Marquette University established their brand new chapter, got photos with lots of Marquette “celebrities” in ONE T-shirts, tabled and recruited tons of new members, met in person with Representative Gwen Moore, tweeted at Congress, plastered flyers with stats and facts across campus, and garnered signatures for ONE’s Big Oil petition.
ONE at VCU tabled and garnered tons of signatures for the Big Oil petition, collected 20 handwritten letters to Representative Cantor, threw an advocacy-themed birthday party for ONE complete with cake and advocacy birthday cards, creatively took over their school’s library with ONE facts and stats, partnered with other student organizations on campus, and created a video to help strengthen their chapter.
Thanks to all of our amazing student activists for the incredible enthusiasm and passion that you brought to your campaigning during Challenge 1. But there’s no rest for the weary: Challenge #2, Protest to Progress begins today.