Advocacy Action Calendar

 

NCAN's 2020 Advocacy Action Calendar is a new resource for members that can help you organize your efforts to champion college access and success-related policy solutions over the months ahead. All NCAN members who are currently, or would like to be, engaged in advocacy are encouraged to use the calendar to learn of available resources and plan engagement opportunities. The calendar below outlines the planned advocacy work for 2020, and will be updated periodically as needed. We hope you will participate in the webinars and in-person trainings, utilize the resources, and complete the suggested advocacy actions.

We recorded a presentation walking you through how to use the calendar to plan for the new year; you can access the video here.

January

Webinars: 

Training Resources: 

Advocacy Action: 

February

Webinar: 

  • Budget and Appropriations Process

Training Resources: 

Advocacy Actions:

  • Set up Hill meetings with your Members of Congress (and/or in-district meetings).
  • Identify an appropriations ask, and begin to think about how to engage on this ask.

March

In-Person Training: 2020 NCAN Advocacy Training and Hill Day in Washington, DC (March 2-3)

Training Resources: 

  • Worksheet: How to Prep for Your Hill Meetings
  • Hill Meeting Note-Taking Sheet
  • Recess Meeting Toolkit

Advocacy Actions: 

  • Follow up with the offices you visited to thank them for their time and interest.
  • Provide NCAN with any updates from your meetings. We really want to hear about your experience.

April

Webinar: 

  • (Higher Education Policy Issue of Focus)

Training Resources: 

Advocacy Action:

  • Collect student stories.

May

Webinar: 

  • 2020 Election: Building Brand and Promoting Policy Agenda

Advocacy Action:

  • Determine how candidates' stances on higher education issues would impact the policy goals of your organization, and determine whether and how to engage with campaigns.

June

Webinar: 

  • (Higher Education Policy Issue of Focus)

Training Resources: 

  • FAFSA Verification Brief

Advocacy Action:

  • Set up in-district meetings.

July

Webinar: 

  • (Higher Education Policy Issue of Focus)

Training Resources: 

  • Recess Meeting Toolkit

Advocacy Action:

  • Set up in-district meetings.

August

Advocacy Action:

  • Attend the in-district meetings that you have scheduled.

September

In-Person Training: 2020 NCAN National Conference in New Orleans (Sept. 14-16)

October

Webinar: 

  • Updates From the NCAN Member Community

Advocacy Action:

  • Planning for post-election results and engagement 

November

Webinar: 

  • Post-Election Analysis and Advocacy Next Steps

Advocacy Actions:

  • Engage with candidates who win based on October plan.
  • Thankful4Pell Campaign

December

Webinar: 

  • Retrospective on 2020 and Looking Forward to 2021

Training Resources: 

  • Advocacy Project Planning Worksheet