Chapter Action Toolkit

AAUP chapters and conferences can and should take action to raise awareness of and fight against political interference in higher education. Depending on your chapter’s capacity, here are some actions you could take.

Set up an info table or distribute or hang materials on campus

Tools and Resources

Editable flyer to personalize with info from your state (Word doc)
Poster to print and hang (pdf) in 8.5x11 size or 11x17 size
FAQs on political interference in higher ed

Submit a letter to the editor or an op-ed in a local news outlet

Tools and Resources

How to Write an op-ed
Adaptable op-ed template (Word doc)
How to write a letter to the editor

Organize a lobbying event in your state

Tools and Resources

General messaging advice
How to conduct a visit to a legislator's office
Lobbying Do's & Dont’s
Recorded webinar on how to do state-level lobbying

Build a Legislative Program

Tools and Resources

Steps to build capacity, review past legislation, and prepare for the next legislative session

Host a group viewing and discussion

Tools and Resources

A recording of our webinar on this topic
Guidebook: Making the Case for Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy in a Challenging Political Environment.

Work to get Your Faculty Senate to Pass a Resolution

Tools and Resources

Sample faculty senate resolution