MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Mr. Skylar Deckoff-Jones

Advocacy 101: How to Influence Your Government

Peter Su, Chair of GSC External Affairs Board

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 25 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

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Does the current political climate leave you feeling powerless? Learn how to make change through the GSC’s External Affairs Board (EAB) advocacy workshop!

The External Affairs Board has extensive experience advocating on behalf of graduate students on both state and federal levels. The Board also organized the GSC’s response to the recent tax reform bill and worked with the administration and local Cambridge government on graduate housing.

This three-workshop course will give you the basic skills to effectively advocate for your opinions at the federal, state, and local levels.

Workshop 1 on Jan 18: Overview of legislative structure and procedure. You will be supplied with resources to contact your representatives and track issues and policies that impact you. We will review approaches the MIT GSC has taken to advocacy.

Workshop 2 on Jan 25: Preparing materials for meetings or calls with political offices, and what to expect during a meeting.

Workshop 3 on Feb 1: Advice from a panel of policy-makers and staff.

Participants of all three course will have the chance to apply what they’ve learned with the EAB at a Massachusetts Statehouse or Washington DC visit later this semester.

If you’re interested, please indicate which workshops you’ll be coming to by filling out this RSVP form:

Contact: Skylar Deckoff-Jones, 13-4153, (505) 795-4382, SDECKOFF@MIT.EDU

Legislative Structure and Procedure

Add to Calendar Jan/18 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM 50-220

Advocacy Documents and Meetings

Add to Calendar Jan/25 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM 50-220

Panel of Policy-makers

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM 50-220