Advocacy Day

A highlight of the trip was the meeting with Governor Terry McAuliffe. Pictured in the front row are: (L-R) Board of Visitors member Mark Lawrence, Delegate Joseph Yost, Gov. McAuliffe, President Brian O. Hemphill, Board of Visitors member Mary Ann Hovis and Board of Visitors member Jay Brown.

Advocacy Day 2018 Group Photo

Sponsored by the Student Government Association, Advocacy Day is an event held every January. Students travel to Richmond for an overnight stay and day of advocating to Virginia Delegates and State Senators on behalf of Radford University. 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’ll be talking with our representatives about three important topics: financial aid support, the Jefferson College merger and impacts on jobs and healthcare in the region and the Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity.

Advocacy Day provides experiential learning in civics and state governance. In addition to small group meetings with individual legislators, students will typically interact with the Governor, tour the Governor’s Mansion or Capitol Complex, attend a legislative reception and enjoy a networking dinner at a nice Richmond restaurant – all at no cost to the students.  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 2018

Advocacy Day 2019

Represent Radford University for Advocacy Day in Richmond Jan. 28-29, 2019.  This is your opportunity to talk with Virginia legislators about your Radford University experience and ask them to continue support for those opportunities that make a difference to you! 


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’ll learn about the structure of governance and financing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the issues 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.

  • Nov. 28, 2018 - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Dec. 4, 2018 - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Jan. 21, 2019 - 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Students meet with Delegate Joseph Yost ’06, M.A. ‘08.
Advocacy Day 2018

What To Expect

The provided trainings will ensure you are acquainted with the delegation, the structures and the issues.  You’ll be provided with Radford University items to wear and utilize during the experience.  We will depart campus the morning of Monday, Jan. 28 and arrive in Richmond just after lunch.  We will depart Richmond after lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 29 and arrive back to campus that evening. All expenses are covered by the Radford University Student Government Association.

We are committed to selecting a large, 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


Advocacy Day Application

Applications are due: Nov. 14, 2018

One note of interest: this is not your typical application. We’ve provided a prompt and you can choose the response type that best works for you!  You can submit a Word document, a two-page creative visual response via PDF or a five-minute video.

Questions may be addressed to Gina Stike at