Fall 2017 Advocacy Summit & Legislative Action Days

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Date(s) - 09/29/2017 - 10/03/2017
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Join Us for Fall 2017 Advocacy Summit & Legislative Action Days

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Graduate and professional education has never been more important for our nation and yet it faces so many challenges.The time to tell our story is now. Congress will not act on these issues until we make our voices heard in Washington. Your story is powerful and collectively we can have an impact. Join us for our Advocacy Summit and Legislative Action Days on September 29 – October 3, 2017.

The Advocacy Summit is designed to prepare attendees for their meetings with their representatives on Capitol Hill. The two days of the Advocacy Summit will include informational sessions, and best practices for conducting meetings with policymakers on issues in higher education policy. Issues currently on the radar of the NAGPS and its membership include research funding, graduate student interest rates, deterring sexual assault and gender crimes on college campuses, international student visa reform, and open access.

On Monday and Tuesday we will go to Capitol Hill to conduct meetings with our representatives, advocating for graduate and professional education. We look forward to seeing you there.

Graduate Student Loan Debt

We urge our members of Congress to support legislation that:

  • Reunify the undergraduate and graduate rates to reverse the current inequalities.
  • Reinstate graduate-professional students’ eligibility for subsidized loans.


Open Access

We urge our members of Congress to support legislation that ensures public access to research that has been funded through taxpayer dollars.

Higher Education Funding

We urge our members of Congress to support legislation that:

  • Increases and sustains research funding to the NSF, NIH, national labs, and other federal research agencies to account for budget caps and sequestration cuts.
  • Reinstates and ensures future NSF funding for all types of political science research.
  • Restores funding for the Javits and GAANN fellowship programs to $39 million.

Student Visas

We urge our members of Congress to support a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Specifically, we ask that they support legislation that:

  • Allow for domestic re-validation of F-type student visas.
  • Increases the number of visas and green cards available to non-US born graduate and professional students.

Preparing for LAD

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  • $70.00 (NAGPS member)
  • $90.00 (NAGPS non-member)

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LAD Accommodations

The recommended hotel for the event is:

**All LAD training on Saturday and Sunday will be done at the conference hotel.**

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202


The Hyatt Regency Crystal City is offering your special group rate:

  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport  for $155.00USD  per night

To make reservations call  703-418-1234

Identify as being with the  NAGPS Advocacy Summit/LAD to receive nightly rate

If you are making reservations using a third party credit card (e.g. university or organization) and you cannot present the card at check-in, then you must fill out this Credit Card Authorization.  When making the reservation inform the hotel that you will be submitting a credit card authorization form and they will give you the number to fax the form to prior to arrival. we also recommend you bring a copy of the form with you at check-in. The form may be faxed before arrival or presented in lieu of a credit card at check-in.

Schedule and Welcome Packet Coming Soon!

Please review these documents before arriving in Washington DC. These are the documents we will be presenting to legislators that state our position on the legislation we are advocating for.

2017 Leave Behinds

Fall 2016 Leave behinds below

We have provided sample letters to assist you as you prepare your funding requests and request meetings with your representatives.

Find the template to request a meeting here.

Also, if this is your first time to Capitol Hill or you just need a refresher on how to prepare for a successful congressional meeting take a look at Tips for a successful Congressional visit.

Here’s a listing of local restaurants, all within 5-7 minutes of the hotel

To assist you in preparing for LAD, the training, and your congressional visits, here’s a list of things we recommend you do before arriving in DC.

Prepare your wardrobe

Dress code for LAD are as follows:

  1. Saturday & Sunday training: Business
  2. Monday & Tuesday Congressional visits: Business Professional

*Make sure your shoes are comfortable for a lot of walking

Familiarize yourself with our Advocacy Materials

  1. Review the Congressional leave-behinds found in the “Leave-Behinds” tab.
  2. Review the “Tips for a successful Congressional visit
  3. Review the “Fall 2017 LAD Welcome Packet

Think of Your Personal Experiences

Legislators love to hear personal stories about how issues affect their constituents. It is, often times, these personal testimonials that provide the impetus for our legislators to act. Therefore, although we will be providing you with talking points, facts, and figures on the issues you should also think about how some of these issues personally affect you and people you know.

Come with Questions

We want you to be as comfortable and prepared as possible. If there is a point of clarification you need on some of our issues or if you have a question about the process, schedule, or some other topic related to LAD or NAGPS, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be prepared to assist.