First-year University of Mary Washington student Tonia Attie has been recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) as part of the 2023 ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll. This roster highlights college students doing outstanding work to advance nonpartisan democratic engagement at participating campuses.
Attie joins a group of just 175 students recognized for their voter registration, education and turnout efforts ahead of last year’s midterm elections, which saw a sizable number of young people weighing in at the polls.
A double major in political science and philosophy with a pre-law focus, Attie quickly established herself at UMW. “Having grown up in Fredericksburg, I’ve genuinely always wanted to go to Mary Washington and give back to my hometown,” she said. “As I started looking into college, I just knew that UMW would be the perfect fit for me.”
She’s a co-president of UMW’s Day on Democracy, SGA Senate vice president, RISE peer mentor, diversity peer educator, Virginia-21 student leader and UMW Votes ambassador. Plus, she still finds time to read for fun, practice photography, roam downtown and go hiking. She planned election events during her first fall semester on campus and took part in April’s ASPIRE week this spring. Her efforts to increase student engagement in the democratic process also earned a mention in Forbes, which took note of UMW’s energy around election season. Read more.