Opportunity: Learn advocacy/leadership skills and help lower textbook costs

by UAA Textbook Affordability  |   

Want more affordable textbooks? Are you interested in learning advocacy and leadership skills (while receiving incentives!)? Curious what zero-cost textbooks and course materials have to do with student success and equity?

Become a Textbook Affordability Ambassador!

This program will teach valuable leadership and advocacy skills that will benefit you in your academic, professional, and personal life with the potential to make a difference in the education and lives of your fellow students. The ambassador program consists of 3 stages:

Stage 1: Complete an 8-hour training focusing on advocacy, leadership skills, and textbook affordability. All students who complete this stage will receive a gift card of at least $100. Students do not need to commit to later stages to participate in Stage 1!

Stage 2: After completing Stage 1, interested students may choose to plan and execute a campus advocacy/outreach project. The aim would be to promote textbook affordability at UAA in a public way. Examples might include reaching out to faculty, reaching out to students and/or student government, developing outreach materials, etc. Ambassadors will be supported by a peer mentor and program leaders, and may choose to work together on projects. Students who complete a project will receive either hourly compensation for their time OR a gift card incentive (amount to be determined).

Stage 3: Students complete Stages 1 and 2 may visit Juneau to help advocate for educational affordability with their elected officials in Spring 2022. Travel expenses will be paid.

Who can participate?
All current UAA students are eligible for the program! Seats for each stage of the program may be limited. If we are unable to accept all students who express interest, students who express the most interest/enthusiasm, were most engaged at the previous stage, are most likely to benefit from the program, and/or are the most prepared to be successful at the next stage. Due to the focus of the grant that funds this program, preference may be given to Alaska Native students, followed by students from other minoritized groups.

Learn more about the project. Reach out to D'Arcy Hutchings (dlhutchings@alaska.edu) to express interest and reserve your space!

This program is made possible by grant funding provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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