Fall 2017 Advocacy Summit and Legislative Action Days

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Date(s) - 29/09/2017 - 03/10/2017
12:00 am - 11:30 pm

US Capitol

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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.

Graduate Student Loan Debt

Open Access

Higher Education Funding

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Preparing for LAD

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  • $35.00 (NAGPS member)
  • $50.00 (NAGPS non-member)

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LAD Accommodations

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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.

Spring 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.