Advocacy Initiative

The UCGHI Advocacy Initiative trains UC students and faculty in political advocacy for federal funding for global health issues.

Student advocates from across the UC system lead advocacy efforts on their respective campuses by collaborating with faculty, campus global health groups, and each other to build system-wide momentum in support of global health. Current proposed cuts to the global health budget threaten the health of communities both globally and locally. UCGHI AI helps ensure student, faculty, and community voices are heard throughout California and in Washington, D.C. by coordinating campus events and outreach to members of Congress and other elected officials.

UCGHI AI is partnered with Kyle House Group (KHG), a DC-based international advocacy and government relations consulting firm, to implement an advocacy strategy tailored to UCGHI's focus areas — Planetary Health and Gender and Health Justice— with a goal of harnessing the power of the 10-campus system in a shared advocacy effort.

Student Advocates

UCGHI's 2017 inaugural group of Student Advocates represent UC campuses and communities across California. Although they come from different fields and backgrounds, they share an interest in global health and passion for encouraging continued US leadership in global health. 

Student Advocate Activities

  • Attend webinar trainings about the legislative process, advocacy strategies and updates on key events in Washington with the Kyle House Group
  • Participate in weekly conference call meetings for program updates and new assignments
  • Develop social media content to be shared on UCGHI's social media platforms
  • Coordinate campus engagement in the program, such as organizing events on Student Advocates' respective campuses and communities. In some cases, Student Advocates may also collaborate with other campuses on events.
  • Actively engage with program leaders to provide feedback on program development. We want to hear your ideas!

Interested in becoming a student advocate?

Our inaugural program has ended. Please check back later for updates on getting involved.