Advocacy

Advocacy Priority: State Budget Appropriation

Reliable and adequate state funding is critical to the University’s mission. As Pitt Advocates, we carry that message to those in a position to effect the University's future. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Pitt received a 3 percent increase in support from the state, which helped to keep tuition rates level. State funding for public universities has been in a decline, so we continue to advocate to restore funding at a level that can adequately support our institution.

State funding ensures, we can:

  • Drive student success while offering world-class learning and research opportunities.
  • Remain a global leader in research and innovation.
  • Maintain the value of a Pitt education.

How you can do your part

Register to Vote: 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 find the most up-to-date election information at votes.pa.com

Join Pitt Advocates: Sign up to receive the latest updates on what's happening at the state Capitol in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C. and how it affects the University of Pittsburgh. As a Pitt Advocate, you'll be the first to know when it is time to take action and speak up for Pitt.

Watch for Action Alerts: When it becomes critical that elected officials hear from you, Pitt Advocates issues an advocacy alert. These alerts include a sample message that you can personalize and deliver directly to your elected officials. 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 Legislator: Elected officials are working to represent you. Learn who your representatives are in the Pennsylvania General Assemby, and the U.S. House and Senate, what their priorities are, and whether they know the importance of Pitt.

Build Relationships: Getting to know your legislators can make an impact. Building relationships with your elected officials is a great way to influence the legislative process and to promote the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt Day in Harrisburg

Pitt Day in Harrisburg is the annual advocacy day at the state Capitol. Pennsylvania continues to face budget challenges and it is critical that elected officials hear from you about the importance of public higher education and the impact Pitt makes.