U.S. Advocacy Programs

Partner with a Local Chapter

The best place to start advocating is on an institutional level. Local chapters are a great resource to help initiate and coordinate activities.

SfN has more than 100 local chapters and encourages and welcomes new local chapters. See guidelines for organizing a local chapter.

Consider these ways to incorporate advocacy into chapter activities:

  • Include advocacy updates in the chapter newsletter by including relevant news items from the Advocacy Network Newsletter.
  • Volunteer to serve as a chair of advocacy and direct advocacy activities.
  • Motion to prioritize advocacy as a chapter goal. 
  • Organize a policy- or advocacy-themed event for the chapter. Some examples:
    • Host an "alternative career" panel featuring policy careers and opportunities.
    • Host public seminars or forums about a policy-related issue.
    • Include speakers or panels about policy issues in the chapter’s annual symposium.
    • Host a discussion group about a policy issue.
    • Organize a policy-themed happy hour.
    • Invite a legislator to tour the labs of chapter members.
    • Organize in-district meetings with legislators.
  • Apply for a Chapter Grant or a Professional Development Chapter Grant focused on advocacy activities.
  • Partner with other local organizations to make the constituency voice stronger and more visible to legislators.


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If you have questions, email advocacy@sfn.org or call (202) 962-4000.

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