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Aggie, Longhorn advocacy Event Goes Virtual

Miranda Henderson '09 April 13, 2021 4:37 PM updated: April 21, 2021 11:25 AM

Since 2003, Aggies and Longhorns have gathered at the Texas Capitol every other year as part of Orange and Maroon Legislative Day, an event utilizing current and former students to advocate for the shared goals of the state’s two Tier 1 research universities.

Originally scheduled for Feb. 17, uncertainty on visitors at the Capitol shifted this year’s event to an all-virtual gathering. The event was further impacted by Texas’ winter storms that left many without electricity and internet connectivity; but in the rescheduled event held across four days in late March, over 75 volunteers for The Association of Former Students and Texas Exes were able to virtually visit with 54 Texas House and Senate offices.

While we missed the opportunity to visit with our legislators and their staffs in-person, this year’s format allowed Aggies from all over the state and nation to join in and advocate for higher education in Texas! This event could not happen without our volunteers who took the time to prepare and share their support for enhancements to the Texas Research University Fund and the Governor’s University Research Initiative. These funds are vital for the two universities to recruit distinguished professors and find solutions for our state and nation’s most pressing issues. 

Learn more about this event and how to advocate for Texas A&M here.



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