Advocacy & Government Relations

PNACAC encourages its members to stay informed of current issues that impact our profession, our students, and access to higher education. As those who can give voice to our students and colleagues, PNACAC members are also strongly encouraged to engage their elected representatives by asking them to stand up for college access. Every member can make a difference!

Ways to get involved:


hillday19PNACAC Members at NACAC Annual Advocacy Day (Hill Day)

NACAC’s Annual Advocacy Meeting (also known as Hill Day) is held each year in Washington, DC. Anyone is welcome to join and no prior experience is necessary. 

PNACAC members are encouraged to apply for the Hill Day Scholarship to attend this important meeting with legislators.

The 2020 Legislative Advocacy Meeting is set for March 8-9 in Washington, DC.

The 2019 Advocacy Meeting took place March 3-4. PNACAC sponsored four members to attend and meet with their state representatives.

Below are testimonials from recipients of the 2019 Hill Day Scholarship:

"Being a new college and career counselor in my first year at a large high school, Hill Day was the missing piece in my education. Not only did I learn about policies that have the potential to affect my students in a big way, but I was given training on how to advocate for my student's  with respect to these policies, when face to face with my state  representatives. I hope to do this every year!"

- 2019 Attendee, Chelsi Goddard (Meridian High School, Idaho)

genesishillday19"Hill Day offered the most unique form of professional development I have had. I learned so much about higher education at the national level, but I was also able to interact with the offices of Oregon representatives and senators. Being able to see how we are the education experts who guide the work of our legislators was empowering."

2019 Attendee, Genesis Meaderds (Eastern Oregon University, Oregon)

Learn more about former Advocacy Meetings:

Local Government Advocacy

  • Videos: Learn about your state's policy process

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  • Sign up to receive monthly updates on relevant issues
  • Annual Advocacy Meeting (in Washington, D.C.) information
  • NACAC's legislative priorities
  • Resources related to relevant issues
  • Relevant bills being considered by the US Congress
  • Action alerts to communicate with elected officials
  • Analysis of current issues from NACAC Director of Government Relations