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NCAN Members, Students Take to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Equity

Friday, March 1, 2019  
Posted by: Jack Porter, Advocacy Associate
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More than 150 NCAN members and students convened in Washington last week to make their voices heard in the halls of the new Congress.

The first half of the two-day event – "Creating Conversations: The New Congress and Our Students" – consisted of students, practitioners, and policy professionals taking part in an array of activities to help prepare them for meetings with federal policymakers. Day one of the event concluded with a congressional briefing, during which four NCAN students told their higher education stories, and in doing so underscored NCAN’s federal policy priorities.

 College students Ha-Quyen D Nguyen, Sancia Celestin, Kendell Long, and Layne Boyd share their stories during a briefing on Capitol Hill moderated by Karissa Anderson, manager of advocacy for The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

"Our students shared their stories of determination and success, bringing authentic voices and experiences to the conversation about the importance of federal student aid for college," said NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook.

The following day, members and students made more than 200 visits to congressional offices to advocate for FAFSA simplification, restoration of the Pell Grant’s purchasing power, improved postsecondary data availability, and support for students who are undocumented.

NCAN’s 17 member advocacy grantees were also on hand with their students to participate in a third round of in-person policy training, this time focused on how to best advocate for their priorities in the 116th Congress.

Throughout the course of the event, members and students documented their experiences on social media using the hashtag #NCANHillDay. To view more photos from the two-day event, check out our Facebook photo album.