Available Registration Dates
At NAFSA's Advocacy Day, speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you! After a day of training and strategizing, you will head to Capitol Hill with all the tools you need to educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States. Personal meetings will be scheduled for you with your elected officials and their staff in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Registration for Advocacy Day 2020 will open in October. Please note that space is limited and cancellations with refunds will be available through Wednesday, January 23, 2020.
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.
Meet NAFSA's 2019 Advocate of the Year: Nora Cavazos of The University of Texas Medical Branch.
FAQs and How to Prepare
- FAQs about NAFSA’s Advocacy Day
- Access the briefing materials to prepare for Advocacy Day 2019
- View the 2019 Advocacy Day schedule
- Use our template letter to request approval from your supervisor to attend Advocacy Day
- Learn more about the NAFSA Meeting Safety and Responsibility Policy
“It’s empowering and valuable and a tangible reminder that our voices need to be heard.”
“I would definitely recommend colleagues to attend so our institution gains multiple resources to build a team of local advocates, maintain and cultivate relationships, and stay informed.”
“I was nervous before the training, but afterwards felt completely prepared and confident in the meetings and made sure our voice was heard! It was great to participate in our democracy and learn how accessible our Congressional leaders are.”
“It provided great insight to how politics affects our work.”
“I think it’s great citizenship 101, plus an excellent skill set for work on our campuses.”
“Advocacy Day is a great way to connect what I do every day to the bigger issues surrounding immigration reform.”
“Great opportunity to talk about why what I do matters. It was much easier and less intimidating than I thought.”
“I really enjoy it and want to be here every year! It is a great opportunity and professional development.”