Student alumni ambassadors lead legislative advocacy efforts

UIAA Student Alumni Ambassadors encourage students to write their legislators in support of funding for the University of Illinois.

During two late-winter days in March, Illinois Connection assistant director Melissa Newell and members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors group set up a booth on the Illinois Quad on campus to allow students the opportunity to share with state legislators the importance of funding to higher education. In all, 142 brief messages were submitted by students on postcards that IC provided. Newell was pleased with the turnout and interest. “The issues we presented were issues that the students knew about firsthand,” said Newell. “They know the state’s financial problems, thus the U of I’s financial problems, so they wrote from their experiences and emotions.”

Illinois Connection is an advocacy network for the U of I. With the help of alumni, students, faculty and friends, IC strives to ensure support from the state and federal governments. The letter-writing campaign is just one of the organization’s ways of promoting its cause. A much bigger IC event is the annual U of I Day at the Capitol, which takes place in 2011 on April 6.

To view photos from the event, please click here.