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Building A Local Advocacy Program

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Kendra Barnes-Eyles

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Transcript of Building A Local Advocacy Program

Student Advocacy 101
Etablish your priorities
Different types of student advocacy
Tracking Legislation
Step 1: The Fundamentals to Navigating the Leg Process
Sending a team of students
A good team should be well informed, prepared, and able to speak about the issues.

Recgonizing the Issue

Determining the scope of the issues (Statewide, Regional, or Local/Campus)

Find out who the stakeholders are (Students, Faculty, Administration, BOT)


Gather student input!

Hold forums with the students.

Utilize social media.

Increase awareness onthe legislative and district policy

Develop the potential solution!

Legislative Visits
Legislative visits at the capitol


Local legislative visits at the district office
Letter and Phone Banks
Believe it or not, you can advocate outside of the capitol and district offices.

These campaigns can be just as effective as testifying at a committee hearing or conducting a legislative visit.
Grassroots movements
Informational Campaigns
Social Media
Open Editorials
Gather Data

Bills are not heard in policy committee until 30 days after they have been introduced and printed,

There is plenty of time to investigate a bill or contact your legislator to communicate your position on the bill.

District Office staff are there to serve the needs of constituents. They can be extremely helpful in making contacts and getting information from Sacramento.

Create a Matrix
A legislative matrix is a spread sheet that is organized to keep track of bills.

Update the document as it moves from different committees.

Try to keep your team of students between 2-6 members.

It’s important that everyone in the  team who attends is prepared to speak on their experiences and position.

Have at least one main “point person” to refer back to maintain flow of the visit.

AB 1500/AB 1501
The California Middle Class Scholarship (Authored by Speaker Perez)
Cuts college fees by two-thirds for middle-class California families by closing a state tax loophole which benefits out-of-state corporations that outsource jobs.

Organizations that Support
Everyone who cares about students.

Organizations that are Against
Everyone else.

: In Appropriations Committee to be heard on February 14th.

Example Legislative Report
Legislative reports are useful tools for you and your ASO to track important bills


You can track legislation, get bill summaries, and even subscribe to get updates on bills as they go through the legislative process!

About Your Rep
1) What issues are important to them? What are their legislative priorities?

2) What prior legislation have they introduced, co-authored, etc?

3) How has your legislator voted in the past? www.votesmart.

4) What is the education history of the representative? Did they attend a community college? Did they go to college in California?
Remember, 1/3rd of the legislature has attended a community college

You want to be able to have a personal conversation.

Students can be from any of the representatives’ constituency or attend a college in their district

Send a variety of students
Different schools
Different back round
Different stories

Show the diverse effects the bill at hand has

Advocacy Preparation
Preparation for a legislative meeting will make the difference between being taken seriously or not.

Always remember you are a student advocate.

Don’t just visit a legislator to complain
Offer solutions!
Speak intelligently!

Position Paper
Legislator Bios
Legislative Profile
Leave Behind Materials
Making a Speaking Plan
Leg Visit Practice

Making a Speaking Plan

First, you need a point person.
The point person is someone who will open and introduce themselves, and if necessary, introduce the rest of the delegation.

They should have been the one to initially contact the office and set up the appointment.

Your point person should also introduce the background information on why your delegation is advocating at the Capitol.

They should go over who your delegation represents, what issues they want to address, and basically lay the groundwork for the meeting.

Think of the point person as your thesis.

While everyone has their singular responsibilities it should be noted that this is a TEAM effort. If someone needs help, jump in.

Also, some issues are too big to be adequately addressed by one person.

Leg visits are not that long. Everyone in the office is generally really busy so respect their time.

Legislative visits should be generally around 15 minutes. Some go on longer and that can be okay.

Assigned roles to everyone!
Everyone speaking and being a part of the discussion!

Supplemental Materials
If you would like to receive

1) Advocacy handbook

2) legilative Biographies

3) Or a plethora other useful materials, please contact ....

Organize your coalition
Building your Advocacy Corp!
Educate your team and provide the research and resources.

Put it on the agenda! The student organization needs to take it to a vote!!

Establish a team.

Create a plan and timeline to execute the goal.
Who will fight beside you??


Need outside help? Contact your regional senators and the SSCCC!

Build campus support initiative.

Statewide Support
Student Senate for CA Community Colleges works for you!

Contact your region and get students involved!

System Partners
There are many statewide student organizations that can provide support locally.

CCCCO- California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

CCCAST-California Community Colleges Association of Student Trustees

UCSA-University of California Community Colleges

CSSA- California State Student Assiociation

Statewide Advocacy & Current Issues
Dont reinvent the wheel

Verify if other institution resolved the issue

Study other states/countries policies on higher education

Compare and Contrast other state policies.






Stay focus on your passion.

Discuss with your team on what issues need to be advocated on as short term goal and a long term goal.
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