During a Facebook Live broadcast Tuesday afternoon, NACAC Government Relations Committee Chair Jim Fowler discussed ways you can get involved with NACAC’s advocacy efforts and why they matter.
“What I’ve learned through my time in GRAC – at the affiliate and at the national level – is how important it is for us to stand up and be counted on a lot of these issues. Members of Congress work for us,” Fowler said.
“So many of us use metrics in our work, to do our jobs, and so do they. If 3,000 NACAC members sign up on a legislative action alert that raises the profile of the conversation. It really sends a message. If we don’t send that message, then that message falls on deaf ears. We are a large, growing organization that can have an elective voice that really is resonant on issues for students and education.”
He discussed signing up for NACAC’s legislative action alerts, as well as considering attending the annual Advocacy Meeting.
Fowler also stressed the importance of getting involved beyond the national level.
“The state of politics today has many of us focused on Washington, but so much of what happens and affects students in their day-to-day experience actually happens on the local level, within our communities or within our states,” he said. “It’s really important to stress the ability and the necessity of the local affiliate GRAC work to advocate on our priorities at the local level.”
Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.