NYU Government Affairs sponsors annual students trip to Albany and Washington, DC in support of financial aid programs in addition to facilitating administrative and faculty interactions with government officials on University business and research.
Hands-on Advocacy: NYU in Albany Day and NYU in DC Day
NYU Government Affairs facilitates annual face-to-face meetings students to discuss the importance of financial aid with their legislative representatives at the State Capitol in Albany and on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Your advocacy is crucial to securing the expansion of financial aid programs and bringing better access to higher education to many more would-be students.
Study Congress from the Inside
The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress aims to increase the public understanding of Congress and the role it plays in government policies. The Center hosts public events, conducts research, and assists in internship placement for NYU students in the Washington DC area.
Get Out the Vote
If you are a New York State resident, visit New York State Board of Elections to learn about state voter registration deadlines and to register to vote in the next election. If you are an out-of-state resident, visit the Election Assistance Commission to learn about state voter registration deadlines across the country and to register to vote in state and national elections.
Faculty and Staff Lobbying Rules and Compliance
If you plan on participating in meetings with government officials in Washington DC, Albany, or New York City, please review the University policies on lobbying prior to your meetings. NYU Government Affairs can serve as a valuable reference tool for your trip, helping you set up meetings with elected officials and keeping you up to date on changes in lobbying laws.
Advocacy on Transportation Benefits
NYU's Affordability Working Group is advocating to lower the cost of local transportation for students. In fall of 2015, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer proposed a federal bill to discount MTA fares by 25% for college students. NYU has signaled its strong endorsement of this initiative through conversations with Senator Schumer, and will continue its advocacy efforts through 2017. If you are interested in supporting our efforts, please reach out to your Senators and Members of Congress, asking them to support the passage of UTRIP in 2017. You can review sample language to use when contacting your Members.