Congressional Hill Day

AACRAO Congressional Hill Day

AACRAO Hill Day allows 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 discuss the association's legislative priorities, including:

Advocates also participate 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 will be held in person in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 22 in tandem with the AACRAO Leadership Meeting, which takes place June 23 – 25, 2023. Hill Day participation is not limited to leadership meeting attendees. This year's in-person Hill Day will be a full-day event. Selected advocates should plan to arrive the evening of Wednesday, June 21.  AACRAO will coordinate and cover up to two nights of lodging for the event. 

Everyone is encouraged to apply. In particular, members from the states represented on the House and Senate education committees are strongly encouraged to apply. The states included are:

New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina

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Past AACRAO Hill Days

2022| 33 AACRAO advocates met virtually with nearly 75 congressional offices.

2021| 33 AACRAO advocates met virtually with nearly 60 congressional offices, specifically focusing on members that sit on the House and Senate education committees.

2019| 53 AACRAO advocates conducted over 100 meetings with congressional leaders.

2018 | 42 AACRAO advocates met with over 80 congressional offices.

Meet the 2022 Advocates

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Testimonials from Past Advocates

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Hill Day 2023: In-person On Capitol Hill

Mar 20, 2023

Advocate and make your voice heard at the 2023 AACRAO Congressional Hill Day.

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AACRAO Members Advocate for Higher-Ed

Jul 11, 2022

Learn more about AACRAO Hill Day and meet the 2022 Advocates.

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Become an Advocate at Hill Day

May 16, 2022

Apply to participate in this year's virtual event and advocate for higher education policies that impact the work that you do on a daily basis.

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Congressional Hill Day Wrap-up

Nov 1, 2021

See how AACRAO members became advocates and lent their voices to promote positive change in higher education.

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AACRAO Hill Day Advocate Spotlight

Aug 9, 2021

AACRAO's 2021 Congressional Hill Day Advocates have been chosen.

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Apply for AACRAO’s Virtual Hill Day

Jun 14, 2021

AACRAO invites all members to participate in the 2021 Congressional Hill Day event.

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AACRAO 2021 Congressional Hill Day

Jun 1, 2021

AACRAO's 2021 Congressional Hill Day is coming this September and is in a virtual format.

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Building the Blueprint: AACRAO Hill Day 2019

Jul 8, 2019

A series of articles from early-career professionals navigating higher education.

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Field Notes: Ready… Set… Advocate! 2019 AACRAO Hill Day

Jun 25, 2019

53 AACRAO advocates had over 100 meetings with congressional leaders. A first-time attendee shares her eye-opening experience.

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A moving testimony about the work AACRAO members do

Aug 3, 2018

"Our work is important and meaningful for students, and our organizations are critical to maintaining consistency in higher education, and being innovative in solving higher education issues," writes Arturo Torres, AACRAO Leadership attendee.

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Leadership, learning and laughter

Jul 2, 2018

Advocating on Capitol Hill, reviewing the Strategic Plan, and playing foursquare.

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AACRAO Leadership returns to Capitol Hill

Jun 18, 2018

With Senators and Representatives, AACRAO will discuss HEA Reauthorization, FERPA, the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act, and the PROSPER Act.