what do we advocate on?
This document holds the positions the organization advocates upon. The issue campaigns, state legislative agenda, and federal legislative agenda have are all based off of positions that can be found in the Student Platform. This document is edited at our Spring Delegates Conference.
state legislative agenda
Each fall students pass a state legislative agenda, which is used to lobby at the Capitol during the state legislative session.
This is the agenda used on Advocacy Day.
federal legislative agenda
Each fall a federal legislative agenda is passed, which is used to lobby at the federal level.
This is the agenda used for our annual federal lobbying trip to Washington D.C.
There are student committees on each university campus. These committees focus their work on issue campaigns each year.
where do we advocate?
Students United acts as the sole representation for university students at Minnesota State, formerly known as Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The system is comprised of 31 colleges and universities, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities. Minnesota State is funded by appropriations granted by the Minnesota Legislature.
One of Students United's primary roles is to represent our students at the Minnesota Legislature and facilitate advocacy and participation in the legislative process. We meet with legislators, and are asked to testify at the Legislature on a variety of issues, such as financial aid, student debt, and the current condition of public higher education.
Students United works to influence higher education policy initiatives at the federal level. Students go to Washington D.C. at least once each year to discuss many issues, ranging from campus security to financial aid with federal lawmakers and staff, as well as other organizations.