Rep. Mark Kirk (R- Ill.) speaks to students during the 2002 Student Lobby Day.
Columbia and Barnard students are invited to attend the annual Columbia/Barnard, Cornell and NYU Student Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 9. Participants will take a bus to Washington for a day of meetings with Members of Congress or their staff. The trip includes a breakfast briefing with guest speakers who are recent Columbia alumni working on Capitol Hill.
Student Lobby Day offers a great opportunity for students to express their support for the federal student aid programs and learn about the legislative process.
The bus will depart from 116th Street and Broadway at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, and will depart Washington, D.C., at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. All meals and lodging are provided.
Last year more than 60 students participated in 50 meetings. The offices that students visited included: Senators Clinton (D-N.Y.), Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kennedy (D-Mass.), McCain (R-Ariz.), Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Feinstein (D-Calif.), as well as House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) and Representatives Nadler (R-N.Y.) Sweeney (R-N.Y.), Meeks (D-N.Y.), Serrano (D-N.Y.) and Grucci (R-N.Y.).
To sign up for the Washington, D.C., Student Lobby Day please email SL758@columbia.edu, including your name, school, phone number and hometown/permanent address. Permanent addresses are needed to try to arrange meetings with the offices of your hometown representatives.
Columbia University's Office of Government Affairs and the Office of the General Counsel at Barnard College coordinate lobbying efforts to help support funding for student aid programs.
Tuesday, April 8
Meet at 116th Street and Broadway, SW corner, to board bus
Dinner on the bus
We will stay at the Days Inn in Washington D.C.
Wednesday, April 9
Check out and board bus to go to Capitol Hill
Breakfast and Policy Briefing
Washington Court Hotel
New Jersey Avenue, NW
Shalani Matani, NYU Graduate
Legislative Aide, Office of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)
Greg Shill, Columbia Graduate
Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA)
Senate Office Visits
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
House Office Visits
Meet on the House-side steps of the Capitol.
Discussion and photograph with Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) (invited)