Emerging Advocates Group

Welcome to the Think College Emerging Advocates Group for Students!

In April 2019, a group of college students with disabilities came to Washington, DC to advocate for the Higher Education Act. They advocated with staff from inclusive college programs and others. This was very exciting to see, so this Emerging Advocates group was created for students with disabilities to talk with others so they could continue to share ideas and learn tips together about advocacy. 

That initial group has grown to include dozens of emerging leaders who get together on quarterly calls, and we welcome new members. This group is led by and for people with disabilities. Of course, supporters are welcome.

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Meeting Schedule

We will announce our next meeting soon! Please check back. 


Date: September 23, 2021

Title: A discussion with disability rights activist Judy Heumann

Presenter: Judy Heumann

Host: Liz Weintraub and Majolyn (a junior at Hostos Community College)

What happened: Students spent over an hour asking Judy questions about the advocacy that she has done during her life. Judy answered every question. This was a really fun meeting. All of the students were very excited to meet Judy. There was a lot of laughter too! Watch the video below to see what happened. You can also read what happened by clicking this link. It will download a Word doc.


Date: December 20, 2020

Title: A discussion with students about COVID-19 

Host: Liz Weintraub

What happened: Students from 6 different colleges joined the group. The group talked about what good came from the pandemic and what they were looking forward to when things get back to normal.

We did not have a guest presenter. We do not have a recording or transcript from this meeting.


Date: September 10, 2020

Topic: A discussion about voting

Hosted: Liz Weintraub and Lauren, Liz’s co-worker

What happened: Liz and Lauren made a presentation on how to how to register to vote and how to vote safely. They also told students good ways to learn about the people running for office and more. Watch the video to learn more.

Check out Liz and Lauren's PowerPoint slides by clicking here.



Date: December 3, 2019

Title: A discussion about the 2019 elections

Host: Liz Weintraub

What happened: Students talked about the things that they care about for the election. Liz did a presentation on PowerPoint slides. They talked about how the election addressed disabilities and about disability laws.  The group also learned about a program called the Think College Policy Advocates. This a group of students who do political advocacy. Click here to learn more about the Policy Advocates. You can watch the video below to see what happened in the meeting.

Check out Liz's PowerPoint presentation slides by clicking here.


Date: September 19, 2019

Title: A discussion about advocacy

Host: Liz Weintraub

What happened: Liz did a PowerPoint presentation. The students talked about what advocacy means. They talked about how to advocate for yourself. They shared that registering to vote is one way to create change. You can watch the video below to learn more.

Check out Liz's PowerPoint presentation slides by clicking here.


Date: April 16, 2019 TBA