Invest in Texas is a student-led non-partisan campaign dedicated to advocating for UT and other higher education students across the state of Texas to the Texas state legislature. Invest in Texas, which is made up of Student Government, the Senate of College Councils, the Graduate Student Assembly, and 25 sponsoring student organizations from across campus, fought to make UT affordable, competitive, and safe by bringing a student voice to the legislature. This included pushing lawmakers to adequately fund UT, maintain current levels of financial aid, and to prioritize legislative measures to protect students from sexual assault on campus.
During the past legislative session, hundreds of students went to hearings and committee meetings and marched to the capitol as part of the Invest in Texas Legislative Day. During the Legislative Day, Invest in Texas held a press conference in which students leaders, as well as Representatives Dan Branch and Joaquin Castro and Senator Judy Zaffirini, spoke about the importance of funding higher education and addressing the needs and concerns of students. Also during the Legislative Day, University of Texas students met with the office of every Representative and Senator at the Texas capitol to bring student concerns directly to every lawmaker. Students also sent over 1,000 postcards to their hometown Representatives and Senators in support of the Invest in Texas platform.
Invest in Texas was first founded by student-leaders Jimmy Talarico, Chelsea Adler, and Muneezeh Kabir. The campaign is currently directed by Student Government President Kori Rady, Senate of College Councils President Geetika Jerath and Graduate Student Assembly President Brian Wilkey.
Invest in Texas will take place on April 12 starting at 9 AM in front of the tower. If you would like to take part in this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at bit.ly/investintexas2017.