Maintaining a presence in the community of New York City, as well as the state and federal arenas, is essential to New York University. As the University plays a role in developing education initiatives and research topics, it is important that the University expresses its interests to all levels of government. NYU articulates these interests by working with government officials on higher education policy issues, participating with national and state level associations that represent the higher education community, and by bridging the gap between students and government. The Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) keeps the University up-to-date on recent legislation and issues critical to higher education and helps to make our voice heard on vital educational and research interests. In addition, OGCA also hosts annual trips to Albany, NY and Washington DC, giving students the chance to participate in the legislative process and speak on their own behalf.