Tuesday, april 20 | 11 AM ET/8 AM PT
Be inspired! Learn how to advocate for important issues with policymakers and elected officials during Advocacy Week, April 19-23. Anyone is welcome to join and no prior experience is necessary.
The centerpiece of the week is Advocacy Day 2021, a virtual program that airs on playbacknacac.com on April 20 and presented as part of the NACAC Virtual Conference Monthly series. See below for details about this program, which includes presentations by NACAC leaders and other recognized experts in higher education. This virtual Advocacy Week has the potential to involve many more members than were able to participate in the past. We're excited about the great interest so far!
A Whole Week of Activities: Advocacy Week, April 19-23
In addition to the Advocacy Day 2021 program on April 20, a whole week of activities is planned to give NACAC members an opportunity to engage in policy and advocacy actions in whichever ways fit their schedule and preferences. This selection of virtual activities is being offered for the first time this year in lieu of NACAC’s Annual Advocacy Meeting, traditionally held in person in Washington, DC in the spring.
During Advocacy Week, you'll be able to take part in advocacy in several different forms—visits with elected leaders, social media activities, and an action alert.
See below ways for you to support your advocacy initiatives:
Meet with Legislators and Staff
- Find your members of Congress
- Schedule an appointment
- Introduce yourself, your affiliate, and NACAC, and share our priorities for 2021
- Helpful tips for meetings with legislators and staff
Take Action Online
- Send a message to your federal elected officials in support of NACAC’s college access priorities
Advocate on Social Media
In advance of Advocacy Week – NACAC Will repost pre-posted photos during Advocacy Week and will repeat these calls the following week.
Next week is #NACACAdvocacyWeek! Print out this NACAC “Why I Advocate” sign, fill in what inspires you to advocate, and post a picture of you with your sign to participate. (Tag @NACAC and use the #NACACAdvocacyWeek hashtag.)
Next week is #NACACAdvocacyWeek! Print out this NACAC “What Being Student-Centered Means” sign, fill in how you think policymakers can support student's interests, and post a picture of you with your sign to participate. (Tag @NACAC and use the #NACACAdvocacyWeek hashtag.)
Next week is #NACACAdvocacyWeek! Print out this “What I love about college admission counseling” sign, fill in what makes admission counseling such a special profession, and post a picture of you with your sign to participate. (Tag @NACAC and use the #NACACAdvocacyWeek hashtag.)
During Advocacy Week
Print out this NACAC “Why I Advocate” sign, fill in what inspires you to advocate, and post a picture of you with your sign to participate. (Tag @NACAC and use the #NACACAdvocacyWeek hashtag.)
April 20 (Sample text for your use)
Today is #NACACAdvocacyDay! Let members of Congress know that you support #CollegeAccess priorities for the 117th Congress. Join me in taking action today! http://takeaction.nacacnet.org/landing-pages/advocacyweekalert #NACACAdvocacyWeek #education #highered #equity #collegeaccess @NACAC
Print out this NACAC “What Being Student-Centered Means” sign, fill in how you think policymakers can support student's interests, and post a picture of you with your sign to participate. (Tag @NACAC and use the #NACACAdvocacyWeek hashtag.)
April 22 (Sample text for your use)
Students need our support to make the transition to #college. We need more funding for equitable K-12 #education, more #schoolcounselors, and increased #financialaid for #highered. [Tag your members of Congress] More from @NACAC https://www.nacacnet.org/advocacy--ethics/initiatives/ #NACACAdvocacyWeek [Twitter handles for Members of Congress]
Print out this “What I love about college admission counseling” sign, fill in what makes admission counseling such a special profession, and post a picture of you with your sign to participate. (Tag @NACAC and use the #NACACAdvocacyWeek hashtag.)
More About the Advocacy Day 2021 Program
Join us on April 20 for Advocacy Day 2021, a virtual program that will air on playbacknacac.com from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
Tune in to learn about NACAC’s Roadmap for Change and how to articulate issues with policyholders and elected officials. You'll hear from recognized experts in higher education about the current political landscape. And, affiliate organizations will have the opportunity to host meetups to discuss local, state, and regional advocacy plans.
This program is part of the NACAC Virtual Conference Monthly series. If you registered for the 2020 NACAC National Conference last September or purchased a six-month NACAC Virtual Conference Monthly package, the Advocacy Day 2021 program is included in these packages and you do not need to do anything further. You will receive login information closer to the program date.
The regular registration fee is as follows. Click here to register.
- Early registration: $50 per member | $100 per nonmember
- Late registration: Starting Monday, April 19, the fee increases to $100 for all attendees
- Promo code: A discount is available to affiliate government relations committees. Please check your email or contact us.
Access the recordings
If you're unable to participate on April 20, please know the recordings will be available to all registrants. Sign up to register and you'll have access to the recorded sessions for a specified time.
Welcome Remarks and Opening Plenary
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Welcome remarks by David Hawkins, chief education and policy officer, NACAC.
Opening plenary and moderated Q&A with Julie Morgan, senior advisor to the Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education.
Julie Margetta Morgan most recently served on the Biden-Harris Transition as a member of the COVID-19 response team. Prior to joining the transition, she served in a variety of economic and domestic policy roles, including Vice President of Research at the Roosevelt Institute, senior domestic policy advisor for Warren for President, and co-founder and executive director of the Great Democracy Initiative. She has more than a decade of experience in student loan oversight, regulation, and policy development, including serving as senior education counsel to Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Student-Centered Policy and Transparency
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. ET
The purpose of most federal education programs is to serve students, yet too often, other interests end up influencing and driving policy so that students’ interests appear secondary. This panel will discuss existing federal policies and resources that promote transparency for students making the transition to postsecondary education, and key policy changes that Congress and the Biden Administration are considering to protect and inform students.
Presenters: Viviann Anguiano, associate director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress, and Angela Perry, senior policy analyst at The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS).
Equity and College Access
2 - 3:15 p.m. ET
Equity in college access was a concern prior to the COVID pandemic. As we emerge from pandemic life, we will need to do more than return to "normal." This panel will discuss initiatives to better support under-represented students as they make the transition to college during the pandemic and beyond.
Presenter: Kayla Elliott, interim director of higher education policy, The Education Trust and Carrie Warick, director of policy and advocacy at the National College Attainment Network (NCAN).
Higher Education as a Public Good
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. ET
Higher education benefits the individual, but it also benefits society at large. This panel will discuss the collective benefits of higher education, the status of state spending for public institutions of higher education, and the prospects for ‘free college’ initiatives during the Biden administration.
Presenters: Erica Blom, senior research associate in the Center of Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute and Eleanor Eckerson Peters, associate director of research and policy at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
5 - 6 p.m. ET
This time is available to Affiliate Government Relations Chairs to coordinate virtual visits with federal elected officials in their states and regions.
Affiliates holding meet-ups:
- New York State, Zoom Link
- Potomac & Chesapeake
- Rocky Mountain, RSVP
Affiliate meetings will be added to this list as confirmed.
Please note, if you do not see your affiliate time listed and are interested in connecting with your affiliate advocacy efforts, please reach out to your Government Relations Chair by visiting their website.
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