Register to vote
Here's the truth: lawmakers at the capitol in St. Paul and at the federal capitol in Washington D.C. are in the process of shaping your future. There is nothing more powerful than telling a legislator, “I care about this issue, and I vote.” Register to vote at your current address and vote in every election.
Join UMN Advocates
Free membership allows you to receive the latest updates on what's happening at the capitol in St. Paul and in Washington D.C. and how it affects the University of Minnesota.
Also, you will be the first to know when it is time to stand up and support the U of M.
Watch for action alerts
Stay tuned for action alerts sent by UMN Advocates. These alerts make it easy to take action on important legislative issues in a timely manner. When you get an action alert, drop everything and take action! It just takes a few minutes to tell your story and make a difference.
Find your representatives
Think of these individuals as your friends. They are working hard to improve the quality of life in your community. Find out who represents you at the Capitol in St. Paul and in Washington, D.C.
In between action alerts, build a relationship with your local legislators. Elected officials count on their constituents to let them know what is important in their communities. Building relationships with your elected officials is a great way to influence the legislative process and to promote the University of Minnesota.
Tips on building relationships
Write an Email
A thoughtful email illustrating a personal story often makes a great impression.
- Find your legislator.
Tell your story:
- Why the U of M?
- How are you making Minnesota a better place?
- What are some obstacles that you have experienced?
- Keep the tone positive and courteous.
- Indicate that you would appreciate a reply.
Tweeting legislators is a surprisingly effective method of communication.
- Find the Twitter handles of your elected officials and tag them to say hello, share your opinion, or ask a question.
- Think about including any relevant hashtags that may be available.
- And don't forget that a positive and courteous tone applies to social media too.
Calling your lawmaker is quick and easy. The vast majority of the time you will leave a message. Go to z.umn.edu/MyLegislator to get your Senator or Representative's contact information.
When you call, give your name and express your thoughts. Stay positive and let the lawmaker know why the University of Minnesota is important to you. When they call you back, don't be intimidated. Simply have a conversation and remind them that you are a voter, the University is important to you, and ask them to support the U!
The best way to meet your lawmakers and have a face-to-face discussion is to join us for Support the U Day or Bulldog Day at the Capitol. We take care of all the hard stuff, setting up the appointment, providing transportation, and giving you legislative background.
All you do is show up and tell your elected official your story. Remember, you are their boss, you can hold them accountable for their votes!
Letter to the Editor
The opinion page is a widely read section of the newspaper. Letters to the editor are often saved by elected officials and can indicate to opinion leaders that an issue is on the public's mind. Even a few letters throughout Minnesota can spur increased news coverage and renewed attention.
Your story is a powerful way to bring to life your support for the University of Minnesota. Feel free to mention the broad importance of the U of M, but be sure to talk about your personal connection as well.
For questions or assistance, contact Emma Bauer.