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Position Statements: Influencing Policy

Many thanks to the following team members:

  • Leslie Layman, Harry S Truman-City Colleges of Chicago
  • Carrie Nepstad, Harold Washington-City Colleges of Chicago
  • Ginny Harmelink, Pima Community College 
  • R. Taylor, Chemeketa Community College 
  • Andrianna Smyrniotis, Illinois Central College
  • Debra Murphy, Cape Cod Community College

Our think tank has developed the position statement below as a reminder of our roles, and responsibilities and the demands we have as education faculty in times of need and crisis. We have grounded the statement in the ACCESS mission and research and position statements that are widely agreed upon in our field. We did not intend to restate all of the complex work that we do, but rather to remind ourselves and those that might question our work of the purpose of teacher education, especially in times of crisis. We hope to later connect this brief statement to a wider “press kit/research report” that faculty can use to defend their programs. 

We are seeking your input on the statement.

Click here to access the document. Please leave comments on any additions, subtractions, or edits you would like. 

Contact Carrie Nepstad cnepstad@ccc.edu or Leslie layman llayman1@ccc.edu with questions.

A Message from the Team: 

The "Position Statement: Influencing Policy" Think Tank Team is interested in developing an advocacy toolbox for ACCESS members with the intent to build from the statement to develop action tools for advocacy.

Rationale: you may need support in advocating for your program, your courses, and the resources you need to support your students, or you may need resources that support your ability to push back against decisions being made that are not in the best interest of your students. 

What would help you the most? Your responses will help us to prioritize this work. Thank you!

Click here to fill out the form.

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