The SUNY Student Assembly and the CUNY University Student Senate are joining efforts to bring higher education to the forefront of the next presidential debate

The two organizations are hoping to leverage their combined population of over 1.2 million students to ask the candidates through “How will you incorporate the student voice when addressing issues of higher ed?”

From the site, moderators from ABC and CNN have agreed to pick submissions from the top 30 questions by Sunday.

“Issues of higher education are of critical importance to our country’s future. Supporting quality Public higher education is an investment into the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.,” said Marc J. Cohen,” SUNY Student Assembly President and SUNY Trustee. “Including the student voice in forming comprehensive policy is crucial to the success of any higher education reform, and we hope our candidates give students what they deserve: A thoughtful response and a seat at the table. I’m excited to be attending with our colleagues at CUNY for this important effort”

“Listening to the student’s voice is an important part of shaping the agenda for our country,” said Chika Onyejiukwa, CUNY University Student Senate Interim Chair. “We appreciate shared governance because it welcomes participation from all stakeholders. Our presidential candidates will impact the lives of billions, it is extremely important we remind them what matters to us.”

Eligible voters can help put the question from the SUNY Student Assembly and CUNY Student Senate here.