The WACAC Government Relations & Advocacy Committee (GRAC) helps the WACAC membership demystify the legislative landscape in Nevada & California to advocate for policies that promote equity and access in education.
As you consider how you might support GRAC this year as a volunteer, we invite you to learn more about how we are organized. Currently, GRAC has three standing subcommittees:
- GRAC Chair, Jessica Greene, oversees the subcommittees and our direction; contact the Chair with any questions.
- Conference plans our annual legislative conferences. Volunteers coordinate hotel logistics, organize and schedule legislative meetings, secure guest speakers, manage conference registrations, and more. If this sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to reach out to our Subcommittee Chair, Nicole Pilar.
- Communications manages the GRAC communications strategy. Volunteers coordinate email campaigns, take the lead on our social media, manage membership data, support the other subcommittees with communications needs, and more. If this sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to reach out to our Subcommittee Chair, Laurie Callaway.
- Professional Development & Advocacy plans opportunities for the wider WACAC membership to engage in GRAC. Volunteers organize educational webinars, local visits to legislators, phone banking and letter writing campaigns to educate and advocate for legislative policy, and more. If this sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to reach out to our Subcommittee Chairs, Robin Hamilton and Christina Sandoval-Paquette.
- Review our recent work and legislative announcements!
- Join our committee.
- Attend our next GRAC meeting.
- Engage with our Facebook group.
- Read NACAC press releases.
- Go to the NACAC Action Center to lend your support.
- Review WACAC & NACAC Policy Initiatives
- School Counseling – School counselors play an essential role in helping students prepare and plan for postsecondary education.
- Rigorous Curriculum – In order to be prepared for postsecondary education, students need access to high-quality, rigorous curricula in high school.
- Need-Based Financial Aid – WACAC supports policies that will help strengthen and expand need-based financial aid.
- Student Protections – At the core of WACAC’s mission is an adherence to strong professional and ethical values in the college counseling, recruitment, and admission professions.
- Undocumented Students – WACAC supports policies that will help make higher education more accessible and affordable for undocumented students.
- Student Mobility – WACAC advocates for policies that support student mobility; opportunities for American students to study in foreign countries and for international students to study in the United States are consistent with WACAC’s support of equitable access to educational opportunity.