AACRAO Congressional Hill Day
AACRAO Hill Day allowed members to engage with congressional offices to discuss your work and share your perspective, as practitioners, on how policy impacts the work you do daily. AACRAO Advocates discussed the association's legislative priorities, including:
Advocates also participated in online training in preparation for the meetings, including AACRAO's on-demand Federal Legislative Process and Advocacy 101 course.
The course, which is open and free to all AACRAO members, provides a breakdown of the federal legislative process, helpful insights on how to set up and prepare for meetings with your representatives, and tools to help State & Regional organizations
engage with both state and federal issues while remaining in federal compliance. Other online and in-person training sessions cover:
- What to Expect for Hill Day – highlighting what to expect during meetings with Congressional representatives and reviewing AACRAO's legislative priorities
- Mock Zoom Interviews – demonstrating the typical flow of a meeting with Congressional staffers and how to address issues that may arise during those conversations
- Panel Discussion with Congressional Staffers – Hill staffers answer frequently asked questions and provide advice for both first-time and seasoned advocates
- Insights into Higher Education – offering advocates a chance to hear from an individual from the press on some of the latest issues affecting college campuses
Hill Day 2023 was held in person in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 22 in tandem with the AACRAO Leadership Meeting, which took place June 23 – 25, 2023. Hill Day participation was not limited to leadership
meeting attendees. This year's in-person Hill Day was a full-day event.