This in-district/state work period, commonly referred to as “August recess,” offers an excellent opportunity to interact with your elected officials. During a recess, members of Congress typically take meetings with their constituents to talk about concerns,
so this is a great time to reach out for a conversation.
Your voice and advocacy around the issues your students face is central to Congress advancing solutions; for example, NCAN recommends Congress #FixFAFSA and #DoublePell.
To assist you in this effort, NCAN has updated our Recess Meeting Toolkit – a comprehensive guide to approaching meetings
with your members of Congress during this time. This toolkit includes guidance on how to request (with sample text to use) as well as plan and prepare for meetings. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings during the upcoming recess will likely
be held virtually and through conference calls.
As constituents, you play a crucial role in educating lawmakers about the challenges your students face and how they can help. Take this time to build a strong relationship with your elected officials. This relationship ensures that when you have requests
– either for policy action or for participation in your programming (e.g., speaking at a hosted event) – your message will be heard. Also, inform your members of Congress of all the great services your program and organization offer.
Given the compounding crises brought about by the pandemic, now is the time to advocate for your students who face considerable uncertainty about affording and attending college. Your coordination with NCAN, your state partners, and elected officials
can be a catalyst for policy change.