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Pictures from Washington D.C.

Updated - March 21, 2006

MSUM students, in conjunction with the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), attended the second annual D.C. Summit in Washington D.C. from March 10th-12th along with student delegations from 17 states. The trip, sponsored by MSUSA, consisted of extensive leadership training, legislative lobbying preparation, and a visit to the U.S. Senate and House of Representative offices for lobbying.

Leadership training was facilitated by MSUSA executive board members, MSUSA staff and distinguished guests. Topics of training included: grassroots strategies, the ABCs of student fees, academic bill of rights, youth activism, campus voter mobilization, internal affairs, advanced lobbying, coalition building and international student issues.

Keynote speaker Lasana Hotep implored students to utilize effective strategies and planning to achieve goals. Hotep, a researcher, consultant and entrepreneur, is committed to creating critical thought about society, culture, and politics.

Two particular presenters treated students to a lively discussion of the Academic Bill of Rights and the bill’s potential role in campus free speech.

Lobby training was conducted and geared towards petitioning for the restoration of funding in education to the 2007 federal budget. Specific areas included Pell Grants, loan programs, and educational initiatives such as TRIO, LEAP, and GEAR UP. These programs inspire young people and underrepresented groups to attend college.

To culminate the conclusion of the D.C. Summit, MSUM students and the MSUSA delegation arranged meetings with congressmen from Minnesota on March 13th and 14th to discuss issues and concerns facing students. Two particular issues were financial aid and the use of alcohol and drugs on college campuses.

MSUM students on the trip are all affiliated with the Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA). They were: President Rob Wills, Speaker Gabe Afolayan, CSET senator Christopher Frederick, Business Senator James Dye, Graduate Studies Senator Kristeen Giese, Social Behavioral Science Senator Marianne Reilly, Legislative Affairs Coordinator Tim Ibisch and MSUSA representative Kyle Struck. MSSA members may be found at the MSSA website-

Washington D.C. Washington D.C.
L to R: Chris Frederick, Rob Wills,
Gabe Afolayan, Tim Ibisch
This photo was taken outside the
U.S. Capitol with members from Bemidji State, Metropolitan State,
Southwest State, and MSU Mankato
Washington D.C. Washington D.C.
Rob Wills standing outside Senator
Norm Coleman's Office next to
The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota
Outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Front L to R: Kristeen Giese,
Rob Wills, James Dye, Chris Frederick
Back L to R: Gabe Afolayan, Tim Ibisch,
Kyle Struck