What are Think College Policy Advocates and how can you become one?

Three women in front of a State Representatives office door, with a flag in the background; photo taken at Disability Policy Seminar 2019

Think College and the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) are once again supporting the development of postsecondary education policy advocates by offering scholarships that will support teams to attend the 2020 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC (https://disabilitypolicyseminar.org).

If you or someone you know works for or attends a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disability, you are qualified to apply!

Five teams, comprised of one student and one staff member, will be selected. Teams must be interested in learning more about public policy and be able to commit to a series of activities over a year. The team members do NOT need to be from the same college or university. The five teams that are selected will receive conference registration and travel expenses (up to $1000) to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in March 2020.

Participants will learn about policy and advocacy at the Disability Policy Summit and will participate in visits to Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress and their staff. Additionally, they will be responsible for subscribing to the AUCD news updates, host a policymaker at their college, create some policy documents to share with policymakers, host a Think College Public Policy Affinity Group call, and produce some other written pieces.

All details can be found in this Think College Policy Advocates description (PDF). All interested parties should complete the application (PDF) and letter of recommendation (PDF) for submission by January 8, 2020. There are downloadable (Word or PDF) versions of these documents here

Any questions, please email Denise Rozell at AUCD: drozell@aucd.org.