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SBU's Advocacy Corps

Overview

In our new virtual world, we must develop innovative programs to assist our student advocates who are crucial to the success of Stony Brook University’s (SBU) federal relations operation. The Stony Brook Advocacy Corps is a virtual program from the Office of Federal Relations that develops select students into effective virtual policy advocates. Corps members participate in policy briefings related to federal financial aid, scientific research, diversity and inclusion, immigration reform, and other higher education priorities provided by SBU’s Office of Federal Relations. Subsequently, SBU Advocacy Corps members meet with Congressional members and staff virtually to advocate for SBU priorities. In lieu of an in-person D.C. externship with SBU’s Office of Federal Relations, joining SBU’s Advocacy Corps is an awesome opportunity for SBU students to hone their advocacy skills, learn about life on the Hill, and gain valuable experience for their resume.

Program Structure

Stony Brook Advocacy Corps members undergo an orientation and policy briefing provided by SBU’s Office of Federal Relations. This includes detailed presentations on successful advocacy strategies, lobbying law compliance, and an overview of the federal appropriations process.  Subsequently, Advocacy Corps members will participate in virtual meetings with congressional offices and committee staff coordinated by SBU’s Office of Federal Relations. In addition to taking several advocacy meetings during the year, SBU Advocacy Corps members have the opportunity to engage SBU alumni working on the Hill and congressional staffers to learn more about careers in public service, policy, and advocacy. Advocacy Corps is entirely virtual.

Who should apply?

SBU Undergraduate Student Government (USG) members, Graduate Student Organization (GSO) members, and students highly recommended by Stony Brook University leadership as excellent advocates.

Application

If you meet the requirements above and would like the opportunity to join SBU’s Advocacy Corps, please fill out the application and e-mail it to SBU’s Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations Lauren Brookmeyer at Lauren.Brookmeyer@stonybrook.edu. Please contact Lauren Brookmeyer with any questions as well.