This gathering coincides with U of I Student Day, which is coordinated by Illinois Connection, the legislative advocacy network of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. This annual event allows students to come together to deliver a unified message to lawmakers on behalf of their University.
Students will be meeting with their elected representatives to encourage funding support for the University of Illinois and higher education in general. U of I President Tim Killeen also plans to be present to take part in the effort.
“As an economic engine with a $14 billion a year impact, the University of Illinois provides value to every citizen of the state through a comprehensive range of educational, research and outreach programs,” Killeen says.
UI Alumni Association President and CEO Loren Taylor says the association’s role in advocating for state support of higher education “has never been more critical.”
Illinois Connection is sponsoring this effort in partnership with the Illinois Student Senate and Student Alumni Ambassadors (Urbana campus), Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Council and University Ambassadors (Chicago campus) and the Student Government Association (Springfield campus).
More information about the UI Alumni Association’s Illinois Connection advocacy program can be found here.