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College Students Learn Advocacy Skills, Meet With Legislators

Students who take our advocacy course learn skills and then work on issues during the semester, meeting with legislators to advocate for those who are poor and vulnerable. As part of our Advocacy Course through the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame, we learn advocacy skills, such as selecting winnable issues and how to facilitate a meeting, and then work on a campus, local, national and international issue during the semester, meeting with our legislators to advocate about the issues.  For example, during one recent semester the students met with legislators to allow formerly incarcerated individuals in Indiana access to food stamps to overcome food insecurity.  We believe that advocating on behalf of our brothers and sisters who are poor and vulnerable is an important way of responding to Jesus’ call to love our neighbors.