Become an Advocate at Hill Day

May 16, 2022
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AACRAO’s Congressional Hill Day takes place July 20-22, 2022. Due to continued visitor restrictions on Capitol Hill, this year’s Hill Day is virtual. The virtual format provides an opportunity for AACRAO members who may not have been able to attend the in-person event previously. 

Although we hope to return to in-person meetings in the future, the virtual format allows for more flexibility for members who may not have otherwise considered participating in AACRAO Hill Day, said Michelle Mott, AACRAO’s Associate Director of Government Relations and Communication. It’s a great professional development opportunity with advocacy training and networking.

Virtual Hill Day allows members to engage with congressional offices to discuss their work and share their perspectives, as practitioners, on how policy impacts the work that you do on a daily basis. In addition, AACRAO advocates will discuss the association's legislative priorities, including supporting the #DoublePell campaign, updates to FERPA, advancing reverse transfer practices, and other Higher Education Act reauthorization policy priorities. 

This is part of AACRAO’s strategic goal of engaging more policy decision-makers and ensuring that they are aware of members’ issues, said AACRAO Government Relations Director William Gil. As they get to know more about these issues, they will make us part of the conversation and look to us as a resource when making decisions about higher education legislation.

All AACRAO members can apply to participate in this year’s virtual Hill Day. Members from the 36 states represented on the House and Senate education committees are strongly encouraged to apply.

The states included are:

How to apply:

Members interested in participating in AACRAO's Virtual 2022 Congressional Hill Day should complete the application form by June 10.

Advocates will attend online training to prepare them for Hill Day, including AACRAO's on-demand Federal Legislative Process and Advocacy 101 course. Other training sessions cover what to expect for Hill Day, a panel discussion with Congressional staffers, mock Zoom meetings with Congressional offices, and a live question and answer discussion with AACRAO Government Relations staff. 

All Congressional meetings and training sessions will be held virtually via Zoom or conference call.