Spring 2016 Advocacy Summit and Legislative Action Days

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 3/11/2016 - 3/15/2016
5:00 pm

Location
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

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Join Us for Spring 2016 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 Legislative Action Days on March 12-15, 2016.

Spring 2016 Legislative Priorities

At LAD this Spring, we will focus on four main  issues:

Graduate Student Loans Debt

We urge our members of Congress to support legislation that:

  1. Reunify the undergraduate and graduate rates to reverse the current inequalities
  2. 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:

  1. Increases and sustains research funding to the NSF, NIH, national labs, and other federal research agencies to account for budget caps and sequestration cuts
  2. Reinstates and ensures future NSF funding for all types of political science research
  3. 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:

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


Registration Fees

Member registration: $25.00

Non- member registration: $50.00

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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.**

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

1999 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington VA 22202

NAGPS has secured a nightly rate of $129/night from 3/11-3/15 if booked by Friday, February 12th

Booking Information

Call 1-800-228-9290 or 703-413-5500 on or before Friday, February 12th

Identify as NAGPS Advocacy Summit/LAD to receive $129/night rate

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.

Downloads

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 “Spring 2016 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.

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