Our advocacy program prepares alumni and friends of Ohio State to build relationships and effectively engage with decision-makers on behalf of our university. As an Advocate, you’ll become familiar with the challenges and issues facing higher education and directly impacting The Ohio State University. Be the voice of Buckeye Nation.
“Education for Citizenship,” Ohio State’s motto, highlights our duty as a university and alumni association to empower our community and alumni to engage in the democratic process. Leading up to the general election, we would like to provide you with the resources you need to vote with confidence this November.
Check your registration
Get registered or update your existing registration.
Explore your ballot
View and create your own personal ballot by researching detailed, nonpartisan information on candidate profiles and positions.
Make a plan to vote
Whether you plan to vote by mail, early, or at a polling place, find the details for everything you need to turn out this November.
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Frequently asked questions
What does an advocate do?
We will help you:
- Contact your elected officials through written correspondence, phone calls, or social media
- Stay informed on important Ohio State topics via our Buckeye Advocates Newsletters
- Interact with elected officials at Advocates-hosted events
- Build and strengthen relationships with elected officials and policy leaders
I don't live in Ohio or did not get my degree from Ohio State – can I still be a Buckeye Advocate?
Absolutely! If you have a love for The Ohio State University and higher education, you can make a difference! It is easy and free. After signing up, you’ll start receiving updates via our Buckeye Advocates quarterly newsletter, as well as calls to action and invitations to Advocates hosted events.
Are the Buckeye Advocates a partisan program?
No – Buckeye Advocates is a nonpartisan group. We organize, inform, and mobilize alumni and friends of Ohio State to advocate on behalf of both the university and higher education. We are a group who gather to urge legislators and other decision makers to carefully consider bills or other issues that impact the university.
Does the Buckeye Advocates program endorse candidates?
No, Buckeye Advocates may NOT endorse candidates due to state and federal guidelines for tax-exempt nonprofit entities.
What is the time commitment for a Buckeye Advocate?
This is truly up to you. You can decide how much or how little time you spend based on your comfort level or availability.
How are priorities determined?
The Office of Advocacy works closely with the university leadership as well as the Government Affairs team to understand the implications that policies and proposed laws could have on The Ohio State University.