Black Youth Vote!
HBCU Funding is at Stake!
It is with a great sense of urgency that the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the Hip Hop Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship Program, HBCU Digest and Black Youth Vote! invite your organization to send a delegation to participate in the 2011 NAFEO Student Advocacy Training Institute. The Institute will take place in Washington, DC, April 5-7, 2011 as part of NAFEO’s 37th National Dialogue on Blacks in Higher Education. The host hotel for the dialogue is the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
Call to Action!
We are calling every college student or young adult 18 and older who aspires to attend a 2- or 4-year college to join us on April 5-7 and “Lift Every Voice & Be Heard.” We invite students to join leaders of higher education institutions and associations, policymakers, policy shapers, business, corporate, philanthropic, government, civil rights, civic, social, fraternal, faith, and media leaders at this three-day series of events.
Student Advocacy Training Institute
The Student Advocacy Training Institute occurs in the wake of the convening of a new Congress with new leadership, at the dawning of Presidential Campaign Season 2012, and amid dire economic conditions. This state of affairs poses ongoing challenges and offers new opportunities for the HBCU and PBI communities and their allies to assist policymakers, policy shapers, presidential candidates and executives, in crafting and advancing a higher education excellence and equity agenda. Student voices are vitally important to this process! We need students to lead this mobilization and education effort to express to Congress our unyielding support for the Pell Grant program and other need-based financial aid programs; TRIO, GEAR UP and other student information, preparation, inspiration and graduation initiatives.
Advocacy Day on the Hill
The student engagement activities will involve training sessions on how to effectively impact congressional legislation and appropriations. United States Senators, Congresspersons and congressional legislative aides will be on hand to share the “tricks of the trade” for effective advocacy. On Thursday April 7th we need every HBCU and PBI student, HBCU and PBI employee, alumni, beneficiary and friend to join us on Capitol Hill as we “Lift Every Voice to be Heard” in several congressional summits featuring among others, HBCU and PBI students, hopefully including you!
NAFEO is able to offer a discount lodging rate of $199 per night for the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and will allow lodging for up to four (4) students per room. The Student Scholarship Registration fee of $50 will be waived for all students who register and participate in the Student Advocacy Training Institute. For transportation to the Washington Metropolitan Area we suggest that students consider MegaBus- www.megabus.com; Peter Pan Bus – www.peterpanbus.com or Bolt Bus – www.boltbus.com.
Students may visit www.nafeo.org to register for the Institute and registration is FREE! Student voices are needed now more than at any time in recent history to argue the case for sustained funding for HBCUs and PBIs and the range of federal education programs that support educational excellence and equity. To confirm that your institution will send two or more representatives, please contact Meta Williams, MWilliams@nafeo.org 202-552-3358 or Chris Lee, CLee@nafeo.org, 202-552-3359.