Immediately following SUNY SA’s Spring Conference, members of the Executive Committee traveled to the nation’s capital for SUNY Day D.C. At this event, these students met with congressmen to advocate for the needs of the 465,000 SUNY students.
In attendance were President Thomas Mastro, Vice President Melissa Kathan, Treasurer Jessica Accardi, Chief of Staff and President-Elect Marc Cohen, Director of Academic Affairs and Treasurer-Elect Patrick Gareau, and Director of Legislative Affairs Nicholas Simons.
There was a reception with congressmen from districts across the state, past alumni who now work in Washington, and administrators and students from across the System. SUNY SA also helped to coordinate bringing nearly thirty SUNY students to D.C. as a part of a fellowship program in conjunction with SUNY.
The students were able to hear from Congresswoman Stefanik, Congressman Zeldin, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer, among others. Most pressing on the legislative agenda for the federal relations area was better tuition loan programs and campus safety.
The SUNY SA Executive Team met with Kyle Lierman, Associate Director of Public Engagement for the Obama Administration, in the Old Executive Office Building, located on the White House complex. Most pertinent to this discussion was the continuation of the successful It’s On Us campaign with a specific interest on promoting its growth and effectiveness.
After a successful few days in the nation’s capital, the team was satisfied with the advocacy work that had been done by them and their fellow students and look forward to the betterment of current federally funded and sponsored programs.