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2024 Social Science Advocacy Day

  • April 8, 2024-April 9, 2024

  • Washington, DC

COSSA’s Social Science Advocacy Day is back!

Join us in Washington, DC and make your voice heard in support of social and behavioral science.

Sponsor Social Science Advocacy Day!

Curious about attending 2024 Social Science Advocacy Day for the first time? Do you have questions or want to know more about what to expect from the event? Watch our Advocacy Day Informational Webinar to get all the details!

WHAT is Social Science Advocacy Day?

Social Science Advocacy Day brings together social and behavioral scientists and science advocates from across the country to engage with policymakers in Congress about issues important to our community, such as federal funding. You will be teamed up with advocates from your home state and participate in a day of in-person meetings with House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill. Through these meetings, you will share reasons why federal government support for social and behavioral science research is so critical and discuss how you and your institution can be helpful to your elected officials. Advocates will be given all the resources they need to have successful meetings, including a preparatory seminar, and all of your meetings will be scheduled for you. The only thing you need to do is come to Washington prepared to talk about why you ❤ social and behavioral science!

This fun, informative event is a must for anyone within the social and behavioral science community who cares about sustainable funding for our fields and who believe research should help inform sound public policy.

WHY should I participate?

Funding for federal agencies and programs that support social and behavioral science research is never guaranteed. COSSA needs all social scientists to lend their voices in support of funding for social and behavioral science research programs.

WHO can participate in Advocacy Day?

Social Science Advocacy Day is a benefit of COSSA membership. Therefore, this opportunity is available to individuals affiliated with a COSSA member organization. If you are a member of or employed by one of COSSA’s member organizations, you are eligible to participate. Costs for Social Science Advocacy Day are $125 for standard registrations and $50 for students.

Don’t see your organization/institution listed? Click here to learn how your organization can become a member of COSSA and take advantage of members-only opportunities like Social Science Advocacy Day.

WHERE is everything happening?

Washington, DC! The location of the preparatory seminar is at 20 F St NW Conference Center. The meetings with your state groups will take place in the House and Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill. All appointments will be scheduled for you.

We have compiled a list of hotels in the area here. COSSA will not be reserving rooms on behalf of advocates this year. Nearby airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

HOW can I further support this activity?

In addition to participating in Social Science Advocacy Day yourself, we would love for you to share the opportunity with others in your community by forwarding this message. You might also consider bringing a student with you to DC (students pay a reduced rate!). Spread the word!

Further, we offer a variety of sponsorship packages that help significantly to defray the costs of Advocacy Day, while providing organizations with additional visibility among colleagues in the social and behavioral science and higher education communities. Several packages come with up to two free Advocacy Day registrations.

We have also created a guide for anyone seeking institutional support for Advocacy Day. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need additional information or have other questions about securing your place for this event.

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

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COSSA Member Benefit

Participation in Advocacy Day is a benefit reserved exclusively for COSSA member organizations. Check our member list to see if you belong to a member organization, or contact us to learn more about joining COSSA.