2024 Student Advocacy Day
Virtual & In-Person Events

Virtual Thursday, March 14 - 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM EST
In-Person Friday, March 15 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CRISP returns to the Hill for our first in-person events since the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue our virtual Student Advocacy Day programming. The Virtual Student Advocacy Day will be Thursday, March 14, 2024. The In-Person Student Advocacy program will take place on Friday, March 15, 2024 in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. 

Thursday Virtual $20 / Friday In-Person $25 / Both Events $35

Meet the 2024 CRISP Leadership Team

Avah Toomer

2022 CRISP Fellow
Howard University

Jasmine Dearman

2023 CRISP Fellow
Columbia University

Amani Desamours

Lead Organizer
Howard University

Allya Henry

2023 CRISP Fellow
Howard University

Nevo Polonsky

Senior Leader
University of Michigan

Guilandia Aristilde

2023 CRISP Fellow
Howard University

Dana Saltoon

2023 CRISP Fellow
Columbia University

Dorianna Brown

2023 CRISP Fellow
Howard University

Lincy Antoine

Senior Organizer
U of Central Florida

Thursday Virtual Program

Program will begin at 11:30 AM EST / 8:30 AM PST

Students may begin logging in one hour prior to the start of the program.

Welcome and Opening Remarks • 11:30 – 12:05 AM

Spoken Word Performance • 12:15 – 12:30 PM

Keynote Speaker • 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Advocacy 101 • 1:00 – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session I • 2:10 – 3:10 PM

Lunch/Networking • 3:10 – 3:40 PM

Breakout Session II • 3:40 – 4:50 PM

Breakout III • 4:40 – 5:40 PM

Closing • 5:40 – 5:40 PM

Post Event • 6:00 – 6:30 PM


Keynote Speaker Matt Scott

Matt Scott is the Director of Storytelling and Engagement at the global nonprofit climate solutions resource Project Drawdown, and is the founding director of the Drawdown Stories program where he helps everyday people find their role in climate solutions and justice on the community level. Matt is the host of the climate solutions short documentary series Drawdown’s Neighborhood, featured on the Weather Channel’s Pattern streaming network. Before his work at Project Drawdown, Matt was the global community lead and storyteller of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, the world’s largest global problem-solving hackathon — engaging over 100,000 people in over 150 countries.

Spoken Word Artist Schai Schairer

Schai Schairer is a dynamic spoken word artist, motivational speaker, and nonprofit leader based in Montgomery County, Maryland. Born in Haiti, Schai was adopted and raised in the U.S. Schai has become a strong advocate for adoptees, LGBTQI individuals, and women impacted by the justice system. Schai expresses her experiences through powerful spoken word poetry performances that inspire and motivate. Her talents have led her to speak at universities, conferences, and community events nationwide. As Executive Director of Fighting Injustice Standing Together (F.I.S.T.), Schai works tirelessly to support currently and formerly incarcerated women through creative programs and resources. Under her leadership, F.I.S.T. has grown exponentially and received recognition from community leaders.

Friday In-Person Program

Program begins at 10:00 AM EST in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Building

Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the program.

Leadership Team Opening Remarks • 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Presentation by Dr. Stephanie Boddie • 10:20 – 10:40 AM

Advocacy Training with IGNITE • 11:05- 11:40 AM

Advocacy 101 Closeout • 11:40 – 12:00 PM

Dr. Lewis Closing Remarks

Lunch • 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Sessions with Congressional Offices • 11:00 – 4:00 PM

Closing Reception • 4:00 – 6:00 PM


Take a Look at Pictures from Previous Student Advocacy Days!