AOII on Capitol Hill

Fast Facts

- Students will visit Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act
- AOII will sponsor two current collegiate members from colleges or universities in the U.S.
- Visit dates are April 27 - May 1, 2014

Selections have been announced! AOII will sponsor Jenna Huffman, Kappa Rho Chapter (Western Michigan U), and Anna Katherine Cabaniss, Alpha Delta Chapter (U of Alabama), to participate and represent AOII on Capitol Hill.

The Congressional visits will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 27 - May 1, 2014. Students are expected to participate in prep work leading up to training sessions and secure letters of support from their university's president, vice president or chancellor, as well as passing a student government resolution in support of CHIA.

The Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC), comprised of the National Panhellenic Conference, North-American Interfraternity Conference, and the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, is looking for outstanding campus and chapter leaders to serve as advocates for the fraternity and sorority community in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity for any students who are interested in combining their fraternity or sorority experience with their passion for politics. Each year, FGRC sends student leaders to our nation's capital to advocate for legislation that is important to the success of fraternity and sorority organizations across the country.

The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) is a bill that would help make fraternity and sorority housing safer and more affordable for students. Alumni/alumnae and students have been working together for several years to gather support for this bill by lobbying on behalf of the fraternity and sorority community. Student participation is a crucial part in gaining support from members of Congress who are eager to hear about students' current experiences on campus and in fraternity and sorority housing.

This unique opportunity allows participants to experience Washington, D.C. in a new way through direct interaction in the legislative process. Many past participants have also found this a great opportunity for networking or gaining a greater perspective on the political process, and for some it has been the launch of a career in public service!

We congratulate Jenna and Anna Katherine on this amazing opportunity!