On Friday, June 28, in a move described by UA President Johnsen as "devastating," Gov. Dunleavy vetoed $130M from UA's state-funded budget – the largest cut in the university’s 100-year history. If the veto isn't overridden by a three-fourths majority of legislators, unprecedented decisions will need to be made regarding university programs – programs that are an essential part of our state and an important investment in Alaska’s future. Now is the critical time to contact your legislators and tell your amazing UAA story and let your voice be heard!
What can I do?
Here are a few ways to make your voice heard:
- Provide testimony to UA President Johnsen and the Board of Regents. The board will hold a public testimony call-in session Monday, Sept. 9, 4–6 p.m. Written testimony is accepted at any time and is shared with the board and the president. Please submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Provide feedback to UAA Chancellor Sandeen and the Chancellor's Cabinet. Please share your reactions, thoughts and ideas about the budget by emailing email@example.com.
- Continue to advocate for the university on your personal time by contacting your elected officials.
- How to contact legislators
- Key veto messages for legislators
- Tips on how to make your perspectives heard
- Reminder about advocacy guidelines for employees
Alaska is a great state that deserves a great university. Please voice your support! For additional advocacy resources, please visit the FY2020 Operating Budget web page or UA Office of Government Relations website.
Alumni, make your voices heard
These are challenging times for the University of Alaska Anchorage. You can help. As an alumni of UAA, you have the best perspective on the impact your education from UAA has had on you, on your peers, on Anchorage, and on Alaska. Let your voice be heard! The future of UAA depends on your involvement, especially now. For additional advocacy tips, read a message to UAA alumni from Tanya Pont, Director of Alumni Engagement (from the UAA Alumni Howl July 2019 Issue).