The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Buckeye Advocates

Join Us - Be the Voice of the Buckeye Nation.

Our advocacy program prepares alumni and friends of Ohio State to effectively engage with their representatives and build relationships back home in their districts. As a Buckeye Advocate, you’ll become familiar with the challenges facing higher education in Ohio. You’ll also be the first to know when we need your help to get the word out to legislators.

How Firm Thy Friendship

Sing Ohio's praise. Stand out. Pay forward.

You have the power to help The Ohio State University Alumni Association understand the reach of our networks and plan for future public policy discussions. As we share the magnificent work being done by our alumni, students, faculty and staff with elected officials, we want to learn more about our greatest asset: you.

Your voice and opinions are extremely influential. Through this brief survey, you can provide information on important issues and share your willingness to advocate on Ohio State’s behalf.

We greatly appreciate your time and participation. The survey will only take a few minutes, and your participation can have a tremendous impact. There are no right or wrong answers, and we welcome any insights you are willing to provide.

You can begin your survey by following the secure link below:

Take the Survey

“Paralyze resistance with persistence.” - Woody Hayes

Frequently asked questions

No. The Buckeye Advocacy program is a nonpartisan group that actively promotes the interests and legislative priorities of The Ohio State University, which requires engaging elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Buckeye Advocacy program are prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office due to state and federal guidelines.

No! All alumni and friends of The Ohio State University are welcome to sign up as Buckeye Advocates. Once you sign up, you’ll start receiving updates on important legislative initiatives and how you can become engaged in the political process on behalf of Buckeye Nation.

The Buckeye Advocates program seeks to engage at the federal, state and local levels of government. A large amount of our advocacy efforts is focused on the state of Ohio and its reinvestment in higher education and issues affecting The Ohio State University. Because we are a public research university, we also spend time advocating at the federal level since it plays a significant role in determining important research dollars for innovation and additional key priorities that have the biggest impact on our flagship institution.

The Buckeye Advocates program works with the Office of Government Affairs, university leaders, the Board of Trustees and key alumni to understand the immediate and long-term impact that certain policies may have on The Ohio State University. Once our federal, state and local priorities are determined, the Buckeye Advocates program develops a plan of action for engaging alumni and friends of the university in the policymaking process.

News

Alumni in Government Luncheon

Wednesday, June 12, 2017
Columbus, OH

Buckeyes and Bearcats Day at the Statehouse

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Columbus, OH

Contact us

Kayla Tonnessen

Sr. Director, Government Affairs and Advocacy
tonnessen.6@osu.edu
614-688-4657

Keely Black

Legislative Advocacy Specialist
black.551@osu.edu
614-688-4657