You may not be authorized to represent your college or
organization with policymakers – but you can influence the
people who are. Many of the Advocacy Tools apply to internal
advocacy work as well as external advocacy work.
Here are some additional strategies for promoting workforce education within your institution:
- Let people know about your program’s successes by making announcements at college-wide meetings, intranet posts, or other internal communication venues.
- Keep your supervisor informed of your program’s successes and challenges. Discuss how to keep senior leadership informed as well.
- Invite your supervisor and senior leadership to program graduations, capstone project showcases, or other important program events.
- Offer to write or collaborate on an article for the college newsletter, annual report, or other publications.
- Offer to write or collaborate on a press release about your program.
- Submit a proposal to present at your college’s professional development conference. If your college doesn’t have a conference, see if there is one for your state association or your discipline.
- Nominate workforce students when your college is seeking student bloggers, ambassadors, or graduation speakers.
- Join your college’s Government Relations committee, if there is one. If there isn’t, consider starting one.
- If your program is in jeopardy due to government funding cuts, ask your colleagues to contact their elected officials on the issue. Ask for an appointment with your supervisor and senior leadership, and prepare a short issue brief for them.
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