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The Advocacy Roadmap: Our Platform Document


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Kayley Schoonmaker, MSCSA Vice President and Jessica Medearis
Do you know where MSCSA stands on the issues? Get familiar with MSCSA’s roadmap – our platform document – in this workshop. Review MSCSA’s positions on state, federal, campus, and system level issues that impact higher education and guide the association’s advocacy work. Then, lead your team to victory as we test your knowledge in “Platform Jeopardy!”

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The Advocacy Roadmap: Our Platform Document

  1. 1. The Platform Document: An Advocacy Roadmap
  2. 2.  Broad, philosophical guiding principles  Directs advocacy work, provides guidance  “Living document” that is updated annually What is it?
  3. 3.  The birth of MSCSA in 1998 merged two organizations  Stances are always in flux  The document reflects legislative and MnSCU policy changes History:
  4. 4.  Roadmap for: ◦ Agenda-building ◦ Responding to proposals ◦ Addressing issues when the Platform Committee isn’t meeting How is it used?
  5. 5.  Adopt changes to the Platform Document at General Assembly (GA)  Recommendations from the Platform Committee  There can also be changes adopted off the floor at the GA How does it change?
  6. 6. MSCSA either supports or opposes issues in our Platform Document Scope of Positions
  7. 7.  Article I: Mission Statement  Article II: Federal Legislative Issues  Article III: State Legislative Issues  Article IV: Local and Campus Issues  Article V: International  Article VI: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Format (sections)
  8. 8.  Separate, timely, short-term, and specific agenda. Issues we are actively pursuing.  Should never conflict with the Platform Document. What about our legislative agendas?
  9. 9. Questions?