ADVOCACY STRATEGIES & BEST PRACTICES
Watch our Advocacy Training Webinar hosted by former member of Congress Max Burns to learn how to:
- Schedule a meeting with you members of Congress in your local district office or in D.C.
- Prepare for a visit to your local district office
- Invite and host a member of Congress at your chapter event
- Follow up after a meeting or event with your member of Congress and/or staff
- Invite members of Congress, their local staff, and the media to attend chapter events.
- Organize a chapter event focused on the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Effect, or on aspects of international affairs and invite your representative or a member of his/her staff to speak.
- Recruit chapter members to respond to action alerts from the Fulbright Association national office and recognize their efforts at future meetings or with personal contact.
- The national office will let you know if members of your chapter have sent copies of their letters to Congress to us and ask you to do the same.
- Provide chapter members with sample letters to targeted leaders (members of the Administration, congressional representatives, local or state media) regarding the Fulbright Program.
- If the chapter has a newsletter, add your members of Congress and their local staff to your mailing list. Include advocacy updates in your chapter newsletter. If there is no newsletter, send regular letters to the members describing chapter events. Include photos.
- Write a statement in support of the Fulbright Program to be signed by chapter members and other concerned constituents to be sent to your members of Congress.
- Organize a team of 2-4 chapter members to visit your elected officials in their local district offices. Share your personal story of your Fulbright experience. Talk about the influence that Fulbright alumni have in your local community in the public and private sectors. Talk about the economic impact of visiting Fulbright scholars in your state. Print out your state’s economic impact sheet of international exchange scholars and leave it behind in your member’s office.
- Visit your members of Congress while they are in the district/state (please see the webinar on organizing an effective visit). If in Washington, D.C., schedule visits to your state’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.
- Prepare to talk to elected officials and staff about the economic impact that visiting international scholars have in your state and community. Print out your state’s economic impact sheet and leave it behind in your member’s office.
- Attend a town meeting or forum being held by the congressperson in your district. Prepare a thoughtful, concise question mentioning the Fulbright Program that will elicit a concrete response. If you would like assistance preparing a question, please contact Shaz Akram (email@example.com) at the Fulbright Association national office.
- Write to your members of Congress. Have a clear goal for each letter, but don’t write only to ask for increased or “restored” funding. It is important to have a variety of contacts, especially with legislators.