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WSU alumni have chance to have an impact

WSU Impact … is a group of alumni interested in providing grass roots advocacy for higher education. The effort, funded by private donations, officially launched last week with a fully functional website and access to social media tools.

Moscow Pullman Daily News

Alumni and friends of Washington State University now have an extra resource to access if they wish to advocate for higher education at WSU and across the state.

WSU Impact, an evolution of the WSU Alumni Association’s Information Network, is a group of alumni interested in providing grass roots advocacy for higher education. The effort, funded by private donations, officially launched last week with a fully functional website and access to social media tools.

The group aims not to replace entities like government relations, but to provide a place for anyone who cares about higher education to make themselves into effective advocates.

Director Ann Goos is a 1988 WSU alumna. She received her master’s degree in public education and taught in public schools for eight years. During that time, she became involved in public policy and eventually directed the Seattle school levy campaign in 2003. She said this is her dream job.

“The thing that makes America great is that we have a great public education system, and I just never want that to erode,” Goos said.

She said she has watched state funding for higher education rapidly decline, and that while WSU Impact understands the tough position the state has been in for several years, it is troubling for future generations of students.

“What we need is citizens who engage on this issue. In other words, they become aware of the fact that the funding has switched and changed, and does that concern you?” Goos said. “And if it does concern you, it gives citizens the opportunity to throw their voices into the mix.”

Lorie Dankers, co-chair of WSU Impact and a 1989 graduate, said the idea took shape when the association started building a list of people they could count on who were interested in legislative issues. The site expands that idea, allowing anyone – alumni or not – to register and receive updates or look at information.

“There’s a huge value in educating our alumni and friends so that they’re conversant in them and aware of what’s going on,” Dankers said.

The other co-chair of WSU Impact is the most recent president of WSUAA, Rhonda Kromm. Dankers said the second co-chair position will revolve with every president who steps down, creating a dynamic leadership style.

The “eAdvocacy” tools provided through the website include access to news articles, profiles of the user’s respective legislators with links to their web pages, links to legislative agendas, data and more.

Goos said in the past week they have hit about 175 members, but she hopes to have 500 in their system by the time the legislative session starts again. When legislators come back, Goos said it will be all about organizing and communicating in the interest of higher education.

“I think now we recognize how important it really is that as an alum who benefited from the graciousness and smartness of the Legislature for years in providing me a quality public education at WSU, I took that for granted,” she said. “I won’t be doing that again.”

To join the advocacy group, go to www.wsuimpact.dev and register. For information, email anngoos@wsuimpact.dev

 

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