National student 

advocacy conference


   reasons   tO attend

Washington, d.c.

March 14-17, 2020

The ASACC National Student Advocacy Conference will take place at the Washington Plaza Hotel March 14-17, 2020. Since 1984, student leaders from community colleges across the nation have convened in what has become the largest and most diverse annual student meeting held in our nation’s capital annually. The conference focuses on issues critical to the success and persistence of community college students. Over the years ASACC has focused on issues including: Pell Grants, Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Employee Educational Assistance, simplifying the FAFSA, student loan interest rates, and using pre-tax dollars to repay student loans to name just a few.

With more than 400 students participating each year, it is a chance to learn how federal legislation and policy impact students and allow those students to have a voice. Over the first two days of the conference, professionals and experts discuss submitted issues and appropriate techniques for meeting with Members of Congress and/or their staff. On the last two days, participating delegations are asked to set up meetings with their Senators and Representatives to discuss those important issues.

The conference is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and develops skills in leadership, citizenship and advocacy. Top experts from many D.C. based education associations take time to present to the students and we always have speakers that are a hit. Former participants include: Ralph Nader, Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Arne Duncan, Donna Brazile, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Dole, and many, many other American icons.

ASACC encourages student leaders to be a part of this conference to make a difference, tell their stories, and make sure that community college student voices are heard!

Learn leadership and citizenship skills and strategies to take back to your campus. 


Improve your student government organization through new trends, discussions, and tactics. 


Network and connect. Meet and exchange ideas with peers from across the country. 


Learn from and meet relevant experts and influencers face to face through ASACC's partnership with ForCollegeforLife


Break out of your comfort zone through networking, presenting, and collaborating. 


Get off-campus and explore Washington, D.C.! 


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