How to advocate for higher ed on Capitol Hill
5 guiding principles for interacting with elected officials
- Tell a story about what you’re experiencing in higher education in your Congressional district
- Make a specific ask to your representative and put it in writing
- Get contact information for staff members to schedule a follow up meeting
In a recent webinar hosted in partnership with the Honorable Timothy Roemer and APCO Worldwide, we explored ways to elevate and amplify higher education’s voice in the development and implementation of policies that directly affect the higher ed community. We also discussed best practices for institutional advocacy, in particular, how to get the most out of Congressional meetings.
Meeting with constituents is a top priority for members of Congress. But these meetings are often scheduled back-to-back and around committee hearings and bill votes. Because time is limited, it’s imperative to make the most of the opportunity—to stand out, make a connection, and get results.
So, how can institutional leaders advocate for their institutions, students, and higher education in a meaningful way? Here are five guiding principles for interacting with elected officials.
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