Stony Brook University’s (SBU) Advocacy Corps recently met virtually with President Maurie McInnis to discuss how students and SBU leadership are working together to advocate for SBU’s federal priorities.
“I am so impressed by Stony Brook’s Advocacy Corps and their continued, excellent work,” said President McInnis. “The student voice and their personal stories are crucial to our success as we advocate for these SBU federal priorities.”
Since the Advocacy Corps program launched in January 2021, Corps members have met virtually with SBU alumni working on the hill as well as New York Congressional members and their staff. Additionally, members have worked with the team from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to hone their communication skills. Some of the SBU federal priorities the Corps has advocated for include increased funding for student financial aid, increased funding for scientific research, and robust funding for FY22 appropriations.
“It was great to have the opportunity to meet with President McInnis and share our latest advocacy work with her,” said Pooja Madhanraj, an undergraduate student majoring in biology who is the vice president of the Pre-Medical Society. “I appreciated hearing the President’s guidance, including her encouragement to capitalize on the unique experience Advocacy Corps provides students to connect with Congressional staff and alumni who serve as tremendous resources for students both now and during our future studies and careers.”
Stony Brook’s Office of Federal Relations continues to work with Advocacy Corps members, university partners from across the nation, and the New York Congressional Delegation to fight for increased federal funding for scientific research, student financial aid, and other SBU priorities.