The Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC) is looking for outstanding campus and chapter leaders to travel to Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation that is important to the success of fraternities and sororities. This is a unique opportunity to experience the nation's capital in a new way through direct interaction with the legislative process.
The Congressional visits are April 24-27, 2017. During the visits, much of our lobbying will focus on the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) that would help make fraternity and sorority housing safer and more affordable. Depending on the status of other major legislation, including the pending higher education reauthorization, it is possible that other issues such as the single-sex status of our organizations, freedom of association, campus safety and due process for student organizations will be included in our efforts. You should not apply to participate if you do not feel comfortable advocating for these legislative issues that are priorities for the FGRC.
The tentative schedule for the FGRC Congressional visits is as follows:
- Monday, April 24: Students arrive in Washington, D.C.
- Tuesday, April 25: Training for student participants in the morning and joint training for students and alumni in the afternoon.
- Wednesday, April 26: Students and alumni participate in the annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill.
- Thursday, April 27: Students travel back to campus.
If selected, you will be expected to participate in prep work leading up to training sessions and visits that includes participation in a webinar to learn about the FGRC’s legislative priorities and securing letters of support from your institution’s leadership. It is also important that you are aware that you will miss at least 3-4 days of class that week and should be prepared to plan accordingly with your professors during that time.
To apply, please fill out the application by 5 p.m. EST Friday, Dec 9.
If you have any questions about the legislative agenda, the application process or the Congressional visits, please email FGRCCongressionalVisits@gmail.com.