Advocacy Training Webinar to Take Place September 21
This fall, APA is partnering with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) in a District Science Lobby Week to get interested scientists involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the sciences of psychology, mind, brain, and behavior.
As part of this effort, the two organizations will be hosting a 1-hour webinar, titled “APA-FABBS Science Advocacy Training,” on September 21, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. EST.
During this webinar, APA and FABBS will provide a brief, comprehensive advocacy training for scientists to help them prepare for and conduct a visit with their member of Congress when these elected officials are back home in their districts before the November 2012 election. The purpose of the visits will be to highlight why federal investments in funding for the sciences of psychology, mind, brain, and behavior are important. The training will include instruction on:
- Setting up the meetings
- Visiting the district offices
- Sticking to the message
- Preparing research highlights to leave behind
- Maintaining contact after the visits
The time commitment for individual scientists is minimal and yet could prove important in developing a long-term relationship with elected officials who vote on federal funding legislation for our sciences. Space is limited, so please sign up now.
There are three easy steps to participating:
- Participate in a 1-hour webinar, APA-FABBS Science Advocacy Training, on September 21, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm EASTERN;
- Schedule and conduct a meeting with your member of Congress in the district office at some point between October 9-12, 2012; and,
- Provide feedback to us on the process and what you learned from your representative.
We would appreciate your sharing this information with others who would be interested. Those who are interested in participating can register at: http://bit.ly/MFA4Qo. We will use the e-mail address submitted during the registration process for further communications about the advocacy initiative.