JOIN THE TEAM

We're in This Together.

When you become an NU Advocate, you join a circle of like-minded, passionate people who want to preserve the University’s impact on Nebraska. As an NU Advocate, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and resources you need to help make a difference. Will you join us in supporting a strong future for Nebraska?

BECOME AN NU ADVOCATE

Here’s the Situation

Help Grow A Strong Future, Invest in the University

The University of Nebraska’s state funding has been reduced three times in the past two years, impacting athletic program,academic programs, and people. Further cuts could cause tuition to rise for 53,000 students—and curb the University’s momentum in serving the state.

In 2019, the Governor and Legislature will create a new budget for the next two years, including funding for the University of Nebraska. It’s vital that they invest in one of the state’s primary economic drivers: the University. We need your help in telling the story of the value and impact of our work.

What Advocates Do

When you become an NU Advocate, you amplify the conversation about investing in the University of Nebraska. Here’s what you can expect when you join the effort, and how you can make the most of your actions.

Find the handles of your state senators and tag them on posts that talk about how the University of Nebraska has impacted you. Share positive NU news in your feed to help spread the word. Be sure to use our hashtag: #NUforNE.

Get Loud on Social Media

Get Loud on Social Media

Find the handles of your state senators and tag them on posts that talk about how the University of Nebraska has impacted you. Share positive NU news in your feed to help spread the word. Be sure to use our hashtag: #NUforNE.

Look for emails about events like our “I Love NU” Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Or, attend bill hearings at the Rotunda to get more informed. When NU Advocates show up at the State Capitol, it sends a powerful message to legislators.

Attend Advocacy Events

Attend Advocacy Events

Look for emails about events like our “I Love NU” Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Or, attend bill hearings at the Rotunda to get more informed. When NU Advocates show up at the State Capitol, it sends a powerful message to legislators.

Emails and phone calls are effective ways to reach state senators. If you're not able to speak directly with a senator, talk to a staff member or leave a message. Include your name and number and share why the University is important to you.

Call or Send an Email

Make a Call or Send an Email

Emails and phone calls are effective ways to reach state senators. If you're not able to speak directly with a senator, talk to a staff member or leave a message. Include your name and number and share why the University is important to you.

All new NU Advocates will receive a welcome packet with a window cling to help share your University pride. Use the cling on your car to show your support of the University of Nebraska.

Show Your University Pride

Share Your University Pride

All new NU Advocates will receive a welcome packet with a window cling to help share your University pride. Use the cling on your car to show your support of the University of Nebraska.

News and Events

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October 26 Economic Forecasting Board Meeting
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Varner Hall, Board Room

Legislation to Watch

The 106th Nebraska Legislature will be in session beginning January 9, 2019. In the meantime, brush up on your knowledge of interim studies that impact the University.

What is an interim study?

When a Legislative session ends, legislative staff and committees begin work on interim study resolutions. These study proposals, designated with the “LR” prefix, can be submitted by individual senators or by legislative standing committees.

Interim studies can be used to research future legislation, examine a concept that failed to advance in a prior session or help to refine and improve legislation for future years.

LR 384

Examines the prevalence of cancer in Nebraska and the existing state funding sources for cancer research. Full Details >>

LR 389

Looks at legislative opportunities to encourage economic growth and strengthen NE’s workforce. Full Details >>

LR 445

Examines the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund, which provides ongoing state dollars for healthcare programs in Nebraska. Full Details >>

LR 457

Evaluates how state funds support first-generation college students. Full Details >>

What Does Being an Advocate Mean to You?

Logan Krejdl

“I’ve been able to get a great education, for an affordable cost, that’s preparing me for my future. I want other young people to have the same opportunity. For my fellow students and I, the state’s partnership with its University sends a strong message that policymakers want to invest in the next generation.”

Logan Krejdl
Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Sarah Moylan

“Workforce development is one of our top concerns. If we can’t recruit and retain the best talent in Nebraska, other states are going to gain a competitive advantage. Our economic future depends on a talented workforce–the kind of graduates the University of Nebraska provides. I want to see that pipeline grow.”

Sarah Moylan
Senior Director of Talent, Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Judi Gaiashkibos

"As a proud Native American and lifelong Nebraskan, I believe that education is a singular force in leveling the playing field. I support NU's commitment to providing access to all Nebraskans and promoting diversity. That's the kind of University I want to see serving Nebraska for generations to come."

Judi Gaiashkibos
Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs 

Bart Ruth

“For almost 150 years, the University of Nebraska has been a key partner in advancing agricultural research and production in our state—and beyond.  As a sixth-generation farm operator and UNL graduate, I believe the future of agriculture depends in part on the skilled graduates and research produced by Nebraska’s only public university.”

Bart Ruth
Past President, Ag Builders of Nebraska

“The economic success of our state is linked to the growth of rural Nebraska, which faces real challenges: brain drain, gaps in access to technology and other resources, workforce shortages. The University of Nebraska is a critical partner in addressing those challenges. I’m proud to join business and community leaders across the state in supporting a strong University for Nebraska’s future.”

Lance Hedquist
City Administrator, South Sioux City

Valquier Chavez

“The University of Nebraska is a source for innovation and growth within our state. And that growth includes important roles for students. Each campus works closely with students to improve academic success and foster community engagement. I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference, and will continue to support the University—just as it supports me.”

Renata Valquier Chavez
Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Become an NU Advocate

The time to make your voice heard is now—before the Legislature decides on the state budget for the next two-years. Join the movement by entering your details below, and you’ll receive an “I Love NU” window cling just for signing up. We’ll use this information to keep you updated about future events and important NU Advocates news.

You can also make an impact by voting. Not registered to vote? Learn how here.

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