Creating Conversations: The New Congress and Our Students

NCAN invites its members and their students to join us for two days in Washington, D.C. to educate the new Congress about the key issues related to supporting our students in achieving their educational dreams.

The 116th Congress will include more than 100 new members: 10 new senators and 101 new representatives. This event is an opportunity for NCAN members to meet their newly elected officials and expand their student-led advocacy work.

Tentative Agenda | Travel Logistics

Participating members and students will:
*Hear from Congressional staff working on education.
*Learn how to tell an impactful story to elected officials.
*Discuss key topics facing our field such as free college.
*Meet with their elected officials and staff during a public event and individual meetings.

Goals of this convening:
*Expand the number of NCAN members participating in advocacy.
*Include students in the advocacy process.
*Educate new members of Congress and new staff members on college access and success policy issues.

Tentative Agenda (all events on Capitol Hill):

February 26, 2019 

  • 8:30 a.m. – Welcome/Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. – Affordability Discussion
  • 10:00 a.m. – Political Context Setting
  • 11:00 a.m. – Panel of Hill Education Staffers
  • 12:00 p.m. – Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – Training session: Intro and Advanced Breakouts
  • 4:00 p.m. – Hill Staff Briefing

February 27, 2019

  • 8:00 a.m. - Kickoff Breakfast
  • ALL DAY - Meetings with elected officials


Travel Logistics

Travel Stipends

Members will have the opportunity to request travel stipends (up to $1,200 each) for staff and students. Register by Dec. 18 for priority consideration for a stipend.

Staff travel stipends may be used for airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. Organizations may also use student travel stipends to reimburse students for missed hours of work.

The number of travel stipends per organization will be awarded based on level of interest.

Hotel Accommodations

Coming soon!