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.