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The Advocacy Committee addresses all advocacy and policy issues relating to and affecting the postdoctoral community. Joining the Advocacy Committee is a fantastic way to learn about the policies that affect postdoctorates on an institutional and federal level, to have a direct impact on the advocacy work of the NPA, and to network with others with similar interests at institutions and organizations across the country. The Advocacy Committee provides a great opportunity to develop and showcase your writing and organizational skills, and, due to the scope of the tasks that we tackle, the opportunities for leadership are boundless. We work cross-functionally with the other Committees of the Membership, and also with the Diversity Officers and International Officers, providing you with exposure to all facets of postdoctoral policy and advocacy work.

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  • Develop and advocate for implementation of NPA recommended policies and practices, including the Agenda for Change.
  • Advocate for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars, ensuring the needs of under-represented groups are addressed.
  • Advocate for the interests of international postdocs training in the United States.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with federal agencies and national organizations that have an interest in postdoctoral policies.
  • Monitor policy issues of interest to the postdoctoral community, and respond as appropriate.
  • Seek public opportunities to advocate for postdoctoral policy positions, such as testimony, comments on federal notices, conferences, and other national meetings.
  • Consult with other committees and officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.
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