Coalition for International Education Title VI & Fulbright-Hays Advocacy Event (March 5–6)

The Coalition's 8th annual Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Advocacy Event will take place on March 5-6 this year. Registration is now open at this link: 
Coalition March 5-6, 2024 Advocacy Event
 
Please note that each person attending from your organization or institution is required to submit an individual registration for the event.  Once again this year, there will be no registration fee, but please be reminded that no federal funds may be used to participate in this advocacy event.
 
Thank for you registering as soon as possible, so that we have an idea of the total number attending.
 
Tentative Schedule
 
A tentative schedule is posted on the registration site.  As in past years, we will have a virtual briefing on the afternoon of March 5th from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM.  Please note this timeframe is tentative pending the programming.  A full agenda will be available as we move closer to the event.  March 6th will be devoted to Congressional meetings, either virtual or in-person as participants may choose.  Please note that meetings on Capitol Hill nowadays are held both virtually or in-person, depending on each office’s preferences.  A debriefing conference call will take place on March 8th or the following week, date and time TBD. 
 
Advocacy Focus
 
For the second session of the 118th Congress, the Coalition's advocacy will focus on Title VI and Fulbright-Hays funding for FY 2024 (if not completed by that time) and FY 2025, as well as the reauthorization of HEATitle VI.  
 
Please be reminded that while Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as House and Senate Authorization Committees (Education & Workforce and HELP, respectively) have the most direct impact on Congressional decisions regarding our issues, I also am encouraging participants to brief their two Senators and Representative about these programs regardless of their committee assignments and especially if they are new Members.  As we advocate for our legislative recommendations this year, we will want to urge them to sign Dear Colleague letters or cosponsor bills, for example.  In particular, Members of other committees such as foreign affairs, armed services, intelligence, commerce, and others historically have had interest in seeing that Title VI and Fulbright-Hays continue and thrive, and have signed on letters or cosponsored bills in the past.
 
In the few weeks ahead, we will be developing Coalition materials on Title VI and Fulbright-Hays to share with Congressional offices.  The Coalition’s funding requests for these programs and the status of Title VI reauthorization will be reviewed in our March 5th briefing session and in handout documents for Congressional offices.  Additionally for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays grantees (past and present), please be reminded to pull together 1-2 page briefing documents and other relevant materials about your program outcomes and significance to share with your Congressional Members.  
 
Finally, we are asking college and university participants to work with their federal relations officer to schedule virtual or in-person appointments on Capitol Hill, and attend Congressional meetings.  In cases where this is not possible, we will try to recruit federal relations officers from Coalition associations or campuses to assist.