what do we advocate on? 

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student platform 

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. 

Student Platform.

 
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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.

2018 State Legislative Agenda.

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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.

2018 Federal Legislative Agenda.

 
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issue campaigns

There are student committees on each university campus. These committees focus their work on issue campaigns each year. 

Issue campaigns are chosen by students at Spring Delegates Assembly. 

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additional motions

Not all motions make it into the Student Platform. Motions are specific actionable items students wish for the organization to accomplish. 

Here are motions from the past two years.

 

where do we advocate?

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Minnesota state

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.

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state 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.  

federal legislature

federal legislator

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.