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March COTM - How To Conduct a Meeting with Your Rep.

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You may need to inform the staffer or Member about the issues, so be prepared with concise talking points and relevant materials. Look up NSF and NEH grants in the district or state. Use APSA's talking points  for messages connected to political science funding and develop your own message connected to your specific research. Be sure to bring business cards.
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HOW TO
CONDUCT A MEETING WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
PHASE 1
PLAN A VISIT
PHASE 2
MAKE A VISIT
Lead with your main points. Clearly state the action you’d like the Member to take.
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Call the Member of Congress’ DC office to connect with the Member’s scheduler.  If you are making a visit in the Member’s home district, check the House  andSenate  legislative calendars and suggest a date when Congress is in recess. Explain that you are a constituent who is interested in meeting with the Member or their staff (in DC or the member's district) to discuss the importance of federal support for political science.

CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICE

SCHEDULE THE VISIT

PREPARE

ARRIVE EARLY

KEEP IT BRIEF

TAKE YOUR CUES

EXPLAIN BROAD EFFECTS

FOLLOW UP
Plan for time to pass through security and to find the appropriate room. Long lines are common at Senate and House office buildings in Washington, DC. Maps are available here.
In some cases, your meeting may be a back-and-forth conversation with the elected official or staffer. In other cases, you may be expected to lead the conversation. If this is the case, use your time to convey your key points concisely, include any requests, and thank the Member or staffer for their time.
While many political scientists do not receive federal grants, federal support for  basic research funding in the social sciences and humanities is crucial for the professional development of the discipline and the health of higher educational institutions.
After your meeting, send a thank you note via email to the staffer or Member you met with. Provide any follow-up materials you think might be useful.
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APSA's talking points
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CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICE
Not sure what to ask? See APSA's frequently asked questions here.
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INTERESTED IN ADVOCATING FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND FUNDING? HERE'S HOW.
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