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Created in 2018, the Presidential Student Legislative Advocates (PSLA) program seeks to increase student advocacy in the Oregon legislative process while providing students an opportunity to learn about, and engage in, public policy issues that are of concern to them at the state and federal levels.

What is the PSLA?

Nominated by college and university leaders, program participants participate with university leaders, the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU) and activists in briefings with legislators, lobbyists, and legislative staff regarding issues before the state legislature.

PSLA participants play a significant role in OSU’s advocacy efforts, with an emphasis on increasing funding for student programs. This includes:

  • Working with OSU’s Office of Government Relations, Beaver Caucus, and the ASOSU leadership to pursue specific legislative priorities for students attending Oregon’s public universities;
  • Participating as team leaders for various OSU lobby and advocacy activities;
  • Following specific bills of interest as they work their way through the legislative process;
  • Meeting with their own legislators and legislative staff;
  • Attending committee hearings; and
  • Shadowing lobbyists and other legislative advocates as they operate in the State Capitol.

The Program is expanding to include activities in Washington, DC. In 2020, in a collaborative effort with ASOSU, PSLA participants will be travelling to Washington, DC to meet with the Oregon Congressional Delegation, OSU alumni in the DC area, and other practitioners who are involved in issues of interest selected by the participants.

A review of the 2018-19 program can be found here.

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Please contact Jock Mills with any additional questions.