On April 26, 2022, MCAN hosted College Access Advocacy Day: Addressing Michigan’s Talent Crisis. This was our largest in-person advocacy event to date, with 87 attendees from across the state coming together in Lansing to meet with legislators. Participants heard from two keynote speakers in the morning. State Representative Scott VanSingel (R-Grant) provided a legislator’s perspective and gave advice on effective advocacy techniques, and Finn McLaren shared his story of struggling with college and virtual learning during the pandemic. Throughout the day, attendees held 76 meetings with legislators or their staff members, advocating for increased financial aid opportunities, investment of ARPA funds in higher education, and other key priorities.

If you missed this year's event, you are still invited to read MCAN's legislative priorities and recommendations, and contact your state legislators to share your support.

Read MCAN's 2022 legislative priorities →
Read MCAN's ARPA recommendations →
See the latest Michigan Reconnect applicant data →

Details on our 2023 advocacy event will be released at a later date. If you have questions or would like to support MCAN's advocacy efforts in other ways, please contact Marilyn Washington, operations assistant.