CFANS Policy Engagement Program
The Policy Engagement Program brings together students interested in natural resources, agricultural and environmental issues with policy leaders from throughout Minnesota. This in-depth series will provide students with an opportunity to work within the legislative process and gain an on-the-ground understanding of the methods and techniques used to influence our political process.
Lessons-learned will span the policy, political, and advocacy spectrum. PEP Fellows will have the unique opportunity to meet and work with lobbyists, state agency leaders, elected officials, issue advocates, and citizen ambassadors. This perspective will allow students to get a good feel for the tensions between often-competing interests —and how these tensions shape the political and legislative process.
PEP Fellows are expected to commit to a series of meetings held on Tuesday evenings (6-9pm) on the St. Paul campus on the following dates:
- Launch Meeting | November 14, 2017
- Media | November 28, 2017
- Policy Debate | January 23, 2018
- State Agencies | February 6, 2018
- Lobbyist Process | February 27, 2018
- Capitol Visit | March TBD, 2018
- Tribal Policy | March 27, 2018
- Year-End Celebration | April 10, 2018
One session will be held during the day at the state capitol in March 2018. In order to ensure a quality, in-depth experience for all participants, space is limited to 20 students. This application is designed to not only gauge your interest, but also to capture your ideas and preferences so this program can be tailored to fit the interests of the participants. Your answers should be thoughtful, but need not be lengthy.
Please complete this form by
October 2, 2017
. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by October 15, 2017. The first meeting will be held in November on a date to be determined.
Contact Mary Buschette, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Program sponsored by the CFANS Alumni Society.
Year in School
Address (where you are registered to vote)
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Home town if different than above
The CFANS PEP meetings will be held on Tuesdays in Coffey Hall beginning on November 14. The group will meet for 3 hours including 2 sessions during fall semester and 5 sessions during spring semester (a total of 7 meetings) and a year end celebration. One meeting will be held at the capitol during the day in late February or early March. Are you able to commit to this schedule?
Describe your interest and background in government, policy and advocacy:
How would this experience help you in your academic program or to reach a personal goal?
Explain in your view why agriculture, food, environmental and natural resource policy is important to our state and nation. What is CFANS' role?
Is there a policy/issue related to food, agriculture, natural resources or the environment that is of particular interest to you? Please describe.
What activities are you involved with both on campus and off campus?
A directory of all participants will be created to share with participants and program presenters. Please write a brief bio in third person (4-5 sentences).
Please include a photo (preferably a headshot) for the participant directory.
Additional comments or questions
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