Advocacy Day

Group of Radford University students with State Representatives

Advocacy Day 2019 Group Photo

Sponsored by the Student Government Association, Advocacy Day offers Radford University students the opportunity to advocate to members of the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of the University each January.  This year, Advocacy Day will be a series of events. Some students will travel to Richmond for an overnight stay and day of advocacy with House of Delegates and Senate members on behalf of Radford University. Others will participate in online meetings with members of the legislature.  Advocacy Day is a great way to get a first-hand experience with Virginia politics and a great networking opportunity to connect with state legislators and University administrators. We will be talking with our representatives about important topics that relate to the success and advancement of the University. The Richmond visit is contingent on pandemic guidelines and facility access.

Advocacy Day provides experiential learning in civics and state governance. In addition to small group meetings with individual legislators, students will have other opportunities to engage with state leaders and learn about areas of state government. Opportunities have included interaction with the Governor, tour the Governor’s Mansion or Capitol Complex, attend a legislative reception and enjoy a networking dinner.  There is no cost to the students to participate in Advocacy Day activities. Any student from any major will benefit and be able to contribute to this important conversation.

Radford University students meet with Delegate Todd Pillion’s legislative assistant, Tyler Lester ’15.
Advocacy Day 2019

Advocacy Day 2022

Represent Radford University for Advocacy Day 2022. There are three ways that Radford students may engage. These experiences are subject to change as the pandemic impacts gathering guidelines and access to facilities.

Participate in Zoom meetings with representatives during the 2022 General Assembly session that begins in January.

Participate in filming on both campuses in December and January. These productions will be shared with members of the Virginia legislature.

Travel to Richmond for two days in late January 2022. This is your opportunity to talk in-person with Virginia legislators about your Radford University experience and ask them to continue support for Radford University!   

Mandatory Training Sessions

There will be three mandatory training sessions to prepare for this important experience.  If chosen, you will be expected to attend all three sessions. The learning materials will build on one another.  You will learn about the structure of governance and financing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the topics for which we will advocate, etiquette appropriate to the experience, logistics for the trip and develop your personal narrative as an advocate for Radford University.

Students meet with Delegate Joseph Yost ’06, M.A. ‘08.
Advocacy Day 2019

What To Expect

The provided trainings will ensure you are acquainted with the General Assembly, state governance processes and important topics. 

Those participating in filming will be contacted to coordinate scheduling. Filming will occur between late November and early January.

Students participating in Zoom interviews will meet in small groups on campus at the designated times. 

Participants traveling to Richmond will be provided with Radford University items to wear and utilize during the experience.  We will depart main campus the morning of day one (TBD), pick up students at RUC, and arrive in Richmond just after lunch.  We will depart Richmond after lunch on day two (TBD) and arrive back to both campuses that evening. Costs associated with transportation, lodging, meals and planned learning opportunities are covered by the Radford University Student Government Association.

We are committed to selecting a diverse delegation in order to represent the many voices of our Radford community. 

Share your experience and follow the story on social media with #RadfordUAdvocacyDay.

APPLY NOW

Advocacy Day Application

Applications are due: November 10, 2021

Questions may be addressed to Gina Stike at gstike@radford.edu.