The Student Assembly is committed to enhancing the student experience by providing resources to campus student organizations and ensuring the representation of SUNY students on the local, state, and federal levels, as well as throughout the expansive SUNY system, through our extensive advocacy initiatives. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Chief of Staff Taryn Rackmyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter from President Ostro on Higher Education Action Day (HEAD):
"As a student, you know firsthand the difficulties that come with underfunded education. Throughout the system, you and your peers have struggled to access scarce mental health resources, went to classes held in buildings that desperately need renovations, and grappled with overwhelming student debt, among countless other challenges.
It’s time for students and faculty alike to come together to ensure that students have access to the financial aid and resources that we need to achieve success.
Higher Education Action Day is an advocacy day led by the SUNY Student Assembly, in collaboration with United University Professions (UUP), CUNY University Student Senate (USS), CUNY Professional Staff Congress (PSC), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). On this day, hundreds of SUNY and CUNY students and faculty will be joining together to discuss the topics important to higher education right now with the key New York State leaders that make the decisions.
In the morning, there will be a group rally and review of priorities, and afterwards students will split off into smaller groups to meet with the legislators that represent them. This is a fantastic opportunity to amplify the student voice throughout the halls of the New York State legislature and ensure that student concerns are at the forefront of advocacy this legislative session.
Please see additional important information about the event below.
SUNY SA is working with campus student governments to coordinate busses departing from Farmingdale, Dutchess, New Paltz, Cortland, Buffalo, Buffalo State, Stony Brook, and Cobleskill. If you or members of your campus community are interested in helping to purchase a bus, please contact Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs Kevin Rogers at email@example.com to get more information. To sign up for either a bus or carpool please complete registration through the following link: https://forms.gle/8V7JTn1YY3ZAiAAKA.
Please register for HEAD at the following link so we can schedule a meeting with you representative: http://tinyurl.com/HEAD2020. If you have any questions on the registration process, please reach out to Vice President Kate Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the coming days, we will be sending out reminders for registration and sharing materials for you to use in recruiting other students on campus to attend with you. If you have any additional questions on engagement or outreach, please reach out to Chief of Staff Taryn Rackmyer at email@example.com.
If you have any additional questions on HEAD or any of our other advocacy initiatives, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We look forward to having you join the Student Assembly and our partner organizations in advocating for greater investment in higher education!
Featured Event: Local Advocacy Week 2019
Using our newly adopted advocacy agenda, the Student Assembly launched its second annual in-district student advocacy week from November 18th-22nd, 2019. During this week, students took meetings with state legislators to discuss both the issues that affect students directly and the importance of passing critical higher education legislation.
In one week, the Student Assembly successfully organized and facilitated meetings with 18 legislators involving 29 students representing 12 campuses.
In addition to this incredibly impactful week of advocacy, students and members of the Student Assembly’s Executive Committee continue to take dozens of meetings with lawmakers, reaching districts that represent hundreds of thousands of SUNY students.