Want to make UC better for all students? Interested in getting résumé-building experience with political advocacy and public affairs? If the answer to those questions is yes, apply now to be a UCAN student ambassador. If selected, you’ll join a dynamic community of students from across UC who represent student interests to state and federal government. You’ll help influence policies and budget decisions that impact UC, and work to ensure that lawmakers hear and understand your point of view.
Students have the power to advance policies that support students — but only if more students stand up, speak out and share their stories.
That’s where you come in. The UC Advocacy Network (UCAN), a vibrant grassroots community that works alongside the University system to build public and legislative support for UC and its students, is seeking new student ambassadors for the 2021-22 school year. Ambassadors will push for lawmakers to provide additional investments for UC in the state budget and advocate for Congress to increase funding for federal financial aid, as well as help advance state and federal legislation that would benefit the UC community.
This program is a great opportunity for students who want to flex their political power and influence state and federal higher education policies, share the student perspective with lawmakers, and develop resume-building experience in public affairs and advocacy. At the end of the program, you will:
- Have a deeper understanding about state and federal legislative processes;
- Understand how grassroots advocacy campaigns are developed;
- Feel prepared to participate in legislative advocacy meetings and events; and
- Be able to apply your news skills outside of the ambassador program!
The program is open to all UC undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Students must be able to devote 10 hours per month and be willing to engage in outreach efforts.
The UC Advocacy Network is the grassroots advocacy community led by the UC Office of the President. Advocates lend their voices on key university budget and legislative priorities that are determined by the Board of Regents and UC leadership. As such, UCAN does not endorse efforts of third-party groups. The UCAN Student Ambassador program is led by the UC State and Federal Governmental Relations offices.
What we are looking for
- A strong passion for advocacy and public engagement.
- An understanding of the student organizations and activities on your campus.
- A willingness to conduct student engagement and outreach.
What you will do
- Recruit students on campus to join the UC Advocacy Network.
- Work with systemwide and campus-wide advocacy teams to understand how legislation and the state budget impact the UC system.
- Mobilize students to take action on state and federal advocacy campaigns. Ambassadors tap into their existing networks and help motivate students and others to participate in digital campaigns that allow them to call, email, tweet, and/or sign pledges to urge state and federal legislators to support key University priorities.
- Share outreach strategies and share best practices with other ambassadors.
- Qualified ambassadors may attend a budget advocacy day in Sacramento to testify at a budget hearing and meet directly with legislators and staff.*
- Participate in monthly meetings from 10:00 - 10:45 am PST on the following dates:
- October 22, 2021 (will be 12:00pm-2:00 pm PST)
- Tuesday, November 16, 2021
- Tuesday, November 30, 2021
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022
- Tuesday, February 15, 2022
- Tuesday, March 29, 2022
- Tuesday, April 19, 2022
- Tuesday, May 17, 2022
- Wednesday, June 1, 2022
- The UCAN ambassador program is open to both undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
- No student government experience is required.
- You must be able to commit at least 10 hours per month for outreach and engagement activities.
Join us! Apply now. Applications for the 2021–2022 program year are now being accepted now through September 19, 2021.
For more information contact [email protected].
If you are experiencing difficulties submitting your application, please send your application directly to [email protected]. We recommend saving your responses on a separate document.
*Ambassadors must meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the Sacramento trip. This includes, but is not limited to, actively participating in all UCAN outreach and campaign activities and attending a majority of the video conference calls unless excused. Accepted student ambassadors will receive more information on the criteria. We will continue to adhere to local, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. Given the uncertainty around future guidelines, it is possible that the Ambassador program and related activities may be partially or completely online. You will be notified as soon as possible of changes to the program.
Note: We will continue to adhere to local, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. Given the uncertainty around future guidelines, it is possible that the Ambassador program and related activities may will be partially or completely online. You will be notified as soon as possible of changes to the program.