Advocacy Tool Kit
Below are the documents that we'll be using to make the case for our legislative priorities in the state and nation's capitol, as well as some tips on how to effectively communicate with our elected officials.
2017 State Legislative Agenda
2017 Federal Legislative Agenda
2017 Missouri Community College Fast Facts
2017 Missouri Community College Overview
College Service Area Map
Tips on talking with elected officials
We’ve heard from many of our members that you want to get involved in helping to tell the community college story, and we get it. You have a right and a responsibility to tell legislators how you feel about their decisions, and they welcome that. Candidly, though, there is a right way and a wrong way to get your message across.
The trick to all of this is to be positive and thankful (even if you are frustrated). Here are some ways that you can do just that, and have the most impact:
- Make a phone call to express your concern
Legislators love hearing from constituents. Be candid and respectful, and tell them your story. Despite what political pundits want you to believe, they are real down-to-earth people, and they are passionate about the communities that they serve, or they wouldn’t be in office.
- Write them a personal letter or email
Form letters don’t get much attention, but heartfelt, personal letters from constituents carry a lot of weight with legislators. They get a lot of mail though, so it might take some time before your letter is read.
- Tag them in a positive post on social media
Social media is chock full of hateful political messages. Sometimes, the best way to break through all the negative clutter is with a strong positive message. Thank your legislator for their leadership, and share a good news story about your college. Check out #GrowMOJobs for ideas on great posts.
- Visit with them in person
Every college has a dedicated week in the capitol where students and staff meet with legislators in their offices, but there are also lots of opportunities to visit with legislators in person back home. Civic organizations like Rotary and Chambers of Commerce will often host legislators for informal discussions. It’s always worth hanging around after the talk to shake their hand and thank them for their service.
The theme here is to stay positive, be courteous and respectful. You’ll get more through a calm, candid conversation than you will any other way.