2018 College Advocacy Day Recap

Last year, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) released its four-year strategic plan. Through the development of this plan, we reaffirmed our commitment to serving as a strong advocate for low-income, first generation college students, and students of color. In addition, we received a Member Advocacy Grant from the National College Access Network, which helped us as we revitalized Advocacy Day. Having strong community support for MCAN’s college access vision and this financial support allowed us to develop this day to break down barriers facing nontraditional college students through training, education and policy.

Last week, MCAN hosted its second annual College Access Advocacy Day, which brought over 50 college access champions visited the Capitol to participate in the event. This year, participates received comprehensive training from Michigan’s Children while also hearing inspiring messages from State Senator Jim Anaich and State Representatives Darrin Camilleri and Ben Frederick. In addition to the training, the event provided an opportunity for attendees to meet with state legislators and discuss Michigan’s educational challenges and opportunities.  

Participants were able to discuss their respective programs and initiatives with state legislators and also advocate for several legislative priorities, including:

  • Key programs included in the Governor’s Marshall Plan for Talent, including:
    • MI Bright Future Expansion
    • Talent Pledge Scholarships
    • Career Navigators
  • Adequate funding for Michigan’s colleges and universities as they support Michigan students toward degree completion
  • Increased financial assistance to Michigan students as they pursue postsecondary education
  • Adoption of a postsecondary education attainment goal (60% degree attainment by 2025)

Each legislator also received a local data brief, highlighting the various college access professionals and programs working to improve degree attainment in their legislative districts. These profiles can be downloaded HERE.

We hope that each participant at our Second Annual College Access Advocacy Day felt empowered by the experience and encouraged to utilize their training and resources to continue their advocacy efforts and engagement at the both the state and local level.

If you would like more information on MCAN’s Advocacy Strategy, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/advocacy or contact Brandy Johnson, MCAN’s executive director. 

 

Author: Emma Walter, Strategy Assistant
Posted: May 9, 2018

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