Congress to Campus
Congress to Campus brings together former Members of Congress and today’s youth to increase civic literacy and participation. A bipartisan pair of former Members are sent to college, university and community college campuses for two day visits. During the visit, former Members conduct classes, hold community forums, meet informally with students and faculty, visit high schools and civic organizations, and do interviews and talk show appearances with local press and media. This setting allows students to discover, on a more personal basis, what participation in a democracy entails.
The aim of Congress to Campus is to engage students and provide inspiration that will lead to greater democratic participation; whether it is in the arena of public service or something as simple as voting.
Former Members give students and faculty an authentic and candid “insiders’” look at the workings of American government and politics. Their personal experiences help to illuminate the democratic process and the inner workings of Washington.
Former Members are invited by host schools interested in providing this valuable opportunity for their students. The hosting educational University retains a great deal of control in planning the events and schedule under the advisement of the U. S. Association of Former Members of Congress. While a small prorated donation is requested, it is dedicated to offsetting the administrative costs of running such a program. Members themselves receive no honorarium.
Congress to Campus is run by FMC in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service.
Recent reporting on Congress to Campus
News report on former Members Martin Lancaster (D-NC) and Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) recent congress to campus visit to University of Portland. http://upbeacon.com/2014/02/27/two-former-congressmen-discuss-women-in-politics-seven-deadly-sins/
Article link to reporting on former Members Dan Miller (R-FL) and Bill Sarpalius (D-TX) Congress to Campus visit to LSU November 2013 http://www.lsureveille.com/news/politics/reaching-across-the-aisle-former-congressmen-visit-campus-advocate-for/article_80f36eb2-4b3f-11e3-ad2f-0019bb30f31a.html
Link to a radio interview from the Congress to Campus visit to Dominican University of California February 2014 please click:
Congress to Campus visits schools throughout the United States and the international community. Want to see where we are going next? Want to register for a visit? Click here to see upcoming programs.
Intrigued by the opportunity to expose your students to this valuable experience? Interested in hosting a Congress to Campus Program? Click here for more information.
Previous programs have met with rave reviews from faculty and students. Click here to see a story from a previous visit.
Congress to Campus has had several trips to foreign countries.
A pilot program for community colleges.
For additional information, please contact Hon. Larry LaRocco, or Hon. Jack Buechner, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, 1401 K Street NW, Suite 503, Washington, DC 20005; 202-222-0972; firstname.lastname@example.org or Brother Rogers, Assistant Director for Programs, Stennis Center for Public Service, Box 9629, Mississippi MS 39762; 662-325-8409; email@example.com.