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March 9, 2022 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Register Today

New Approach to Advocacy Programming in 2022

Submit an application through October 26, 2021

In an ongoing effort to execute NAFSA’s strategic plan to “educate, advocate, and innovate,” NAFSA is piloting a fresh approach to its grassroots advocacy programming in 2022. For the first time ever, NAFSA is focusing its congressional outreach solely on those lawmakers on the House and Senate committees that matter most to advancing its public policy goals. This approach will ensure that these strategically important elected officials hear from constituents on issues vitally important to international education in a concentrated and coordinated fashion.

NAFSA remains committed to reaching a broad audience through advocacy all year long. Sign up to receive our Connecting our World email newsletter to ensure you're informed of those opportunities.

Day of Action Program

The two-day all-virtual event includes:

  • Day 1 -- March 3, 2022, 2:00 p.m. ET - 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Briefing on issues and requests of Congress
    • Virtual meeting practice sessions
    • Advocate of the Year announcement
    • Networking mixer
  • Day 2 -- March 9, 2022, 9:30 a.m. ET - 4:30 p.m. ET
    • Group convening for last-minute updates/questions
    • Virtual congressional meetings (exact timing TBD)
    • Group debrief and planning for year-round advocacy

Who Can Apply?

All individuals that live or work in the targeted states and congressional districts are eligible to apply. Interested individuals should review the list of key states and congressional districts before applying to confirm eligibility. 

How to Apply

Individuals that qualify based on the location of their home or employer are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible, no later than October 26, 2021. Applicants will be notified on November 1, 2021 if their application has been selected. All selected applicants will need to complete their registration and submit payment by November 23, 2021.

Advocate of the Year

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a NAFSA member who exhibits excellence in international education advocacy, inspiring others to make a difference by engaging with elected officials and promoting policies that support creating a more welcoming and globally engaged United States. Nominations for 2022's Advocate of the Year will be open soon. 

Meet NAFSA's 2021 Advocate of the Year: Deborah Pierce, PhD.

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