Monday, November 16, 2009

Lobby for Greek Life

Alpha Omicron Pi is sponsoring two collegiate members to attend the annual NIC/NPC Congressional Visits April 17-21, 2010, to help gain support for the Collegiate Housing Infrastructure Act (CHIA). For the past few years, the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference have been working on an effort to make Greek housing safer and more affordable through this legislation.

These Congressional Visits allow Greek students and Alumni to visit Washington, DC and to lobby on behalf of issues facing collegiate members. Past participants have found this to be a great opportunity for networking and enhancing their knowledge of the current political environment in our nation’s Capitol and legislative affairs more broadly. Student participation is perhaps the biggest factor helping us to gain recent support in Congress for legislation important to the success of our organizations. The CHIA currently has 166 sponsors in the House of Representatives and 24 sponsors in the Senate. While this is great progress, we are still behind in making our bill a major priority for the committees of jurisdiction.

If selected, you will be asked to participate in preparation work leading up to the Congressional Visits. Click here for an application.

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