Partnering with the Close Up Foundation, Georgetown University's Leaders in Advocacy Academy brings together diverse students to participate in an intensive, hands-on program exploring various strategies for organizing people and influencing policy.

You’ll be immersed in the real world of decision-making and advocacy in Washington, D.C., hearing directly from policy and media experts, think tanks, advocacy organizations, and influencers from both sides of the aisle. Through workshops, lectures, and leadership case studies, you’ll examine the complexities of major current issues and the practice of crafting persuasive arguments and compelling messages to support various positions. You’ll leave the program well equipped to take on leadership roles at school, in the local community, and in the global community.

As a student in the Leaders in Advocacy Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:

  • Case studies of leadership
  • Coalition and consensus building
  • Lobbying and advocacy (professional advocates)
  • Organizing for community and citizen activism
  • Decision-making at the leadership level
  • Strategic messaging
  • Networking
  • Impacting current policy debates


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Dates: June 27–July 3, 2021


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