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Legislative Action Committee

The Legislative Action committee ensures that UMD graduate students are in the minds of decision-makers on a local, state and federal level and assists in the communication process. The committee monitors legislation to see how it might affect graduate students and lobbies elected officials on behalf of graduate student's interests.


Jillian Rothschild(VPLA): (chair)

Divon Pender

Yash Kommula

Sloan Lansdaleq

Brandon Kolstoe

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Annual Events

  • Federal Advocacy Training

  • Letter Writing Campaigns

  • Lobby Day in Annapolis

  • Policy-Relevant Research Showcase in Annapolis

  • Targeted advocacy around labor rights, research funding, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, immigration, and more

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Other Campus Graduate Advocacy Groups

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  • Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee (GAAC)

  • Graduate Science Policy at UMD (GSP@UMD)

External Representation

  • National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS)

  • National Science Policy Network (NSPN)

  • University System of Maryland Student Council, labor and student fees committees (USMSC)

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