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Created in 2018, the Presidential Student Legislative Advocates (PSLA) program seeks to enable students to learn about, and engage in, current public policy issues while also increasing student advocacy in the Oregon legislative process.

The PSLA in 2020-21

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to creating change in a political world that is currently marked by polarity, a pandemic, historic racial injustice and an uncertain future. We are actively seeking the participation of historically marginalized and under-represented students who are interested in engaging in the political process.

The program has three goals:

To ensure that voices that have historically been absent from the decision-making process in Oregon are heard.

To facilitate the long-term professional development across all academic disciplines of historically marginalized populations in the political and public policy process; and

To improve the program’s ability to understand, reflect, and incorporate equity and inclusion in its own activities and content.

What is the PSLA?

Program participants participate with university leaders, the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU), the Associated Students of Cascades Campus (ASCC), and OSU faculty in weekly 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 and facilities and reducing student debt and exposure to tuition increases. Activities include:

  • Working with OSU’s Office of Government Relations, the Beaver Caucus, and student government 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 also assists students in finding internships in Salem and Washington, DC.

A review of the 2019-20 program can be found here.

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How to Apply

Please contact PSLA Director Jock Mills with any additional questions: jock.mills@oregonstate.edu