Who We Are
We are Penn State. We include students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, families, fans, and more. We are thousands strong. We have supporters throughout the Commonwealth, the U.S., and the world. We hope you’ll join us, too.
Advocate Penn State seeks to create a better Penn State. We do so by connecting members of the Penn State community with elected officials to share their stories of how a stronger Penn State means a stronger Pennsylvania.
Now, more than ever, we need to continue to demonstrate the impact that Penn State has across our Commonwealth to ensure we remain a leading, accessible and affordable University. Persistent budget challenges in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. mean that funding for higher education is no longer a sure thing.
We see the many ways that Penn State contributes to our state daily through innovative research, award-winning academic programs, and our amazing students, graduates, and faculty. You can help us share the impact that Penn State has on you, your family and our state by helping us advocate for Penn State.
We Need Your Voice
Advocate Penn State gives you the opportunity to share your Penn State story and make your voice heard. If you can tell your story about how important Penn State is to you, your family or your community, you can be an Advocate.
Become a Penn State Advocate by entering your info below—it’s that easy. Once you become an Advocate, we’ll keep you up to date on Advocate Penn State news, show you how to communicate with your lawmakers, invite you to events in your area and connect you with fellow advocates.
Advocate Penn State includes individuals from around the globe. Advocates include students, alumni, families, faculty, staff, and supporters from all 50 states and several different countries. Anyone who has a connection to Penn State can be an advocate.
Our success leads to student success. In 2017, the Pennsylvania budget was delayed for the second time in three years as questions were being raised about the value of state funding for Penn State. A letter from President Eric Barron encouraged 10,000 individuals to contact their legislators and, ultimately, our action led to an increase in funding for the 2018-2019 school year. This protected students and their families from a mid-year tuition increase and ensured Penn State remained affordable.
What does an advocate do?
We’ll help you to:
- Contact elected officials by tweeting, calling, emailing, and/or writing a letter
- Attend Penn State events, such as Capital Day , to meet with elected officials at the state level
- Show Penn State pride
Why should I be an advocate?
If Penn State is important to you or a loved one, being an advocate can be a great way to give back! By sharing your voice, you can help make sure that Penn State will continue providing an affordable world-class education for generations to come.
What is the time commitment of being an advocate?
Advocates can commit as much or as little time as their schedules allow. Being as advocate can be as simple as sending a tweet, or as involved as traveling to Harrisburg to have breakfast with a legislator. The choice is yours!
What does being an advocate cost?
Advocate Penn State does not charge membership dues or fees, so being an advocate is completely free!
I don’t live in Pennsylvania. Can I still be an advocate?
Yes! While most of our advocates do live in PA, you can advocate from anywhere in the world. We currently have advocates from all 50 states and dozens of countries. If you can send an email, you can be an advocate. Your voice does matter!
What is Lion Caucus?
Lion Caucus is a University-affiliated student organization connected with Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations. They are a group of student advocates that seeks to educate fellow students about Penn State’s legislative priorities while advocating to elected officials from a student perspective. You can learn all about the organization and their efforts by clicking here.
Become a Penn State Advocate
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