Applications Now Being Accepted for 2022 Think College Policy Advocates

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The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) and Think College National Coordinating Center (NCC) are happy to announce this opportunity to learn and practice policy and advocacy skills is once again available to students and staff of inclusive higher education programs. If you or someone you know works for or attends a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disability, you are qualified to apply to be a Think College Policy Advocate (TCPA).

This year's gathering will happen in-person, in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) meeting. The TCPA event offers the opportunity for passionate advocates and educators in the field to come together and learn about key issues that affect them most. In addition to learning and training, attendees will have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Think College Policy Advocate teams will participate in pre-conference webinars in March and April and attend the in-person meeting June 5-7 in Washington, DC. Learning will continue in a series of follow up events after the in-person event.

Up to 10 teams, comprised of one student and one staff member, will be selected. Each team will be paired with a coach from AUCD or Think College. Teams must be interested in learning more about public policy and be able to commit to the full series of activities over a year. Additionally, they will be responsible for subscribing to one of the AUCD news updates, create some policy documents to share with policymakers, attend an Emerging Advocates call, and moreā€”all details can be found on the Think College Policy Advocates webpage. Those previously selected as a Think College Policy Advocate are ineligible to apply again.

A complete description of TCPA, application, and template for a recommendation letter are all available here. Applications are due by March 7, 2022; teams chosen for the 2022 TCPA will be contacted on or about March 21, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Siddarth Nagaraj at snagaraj@aucd.org.