UMN Advocates

Students at the capitol

The University of Minnesota relies on state and federal funding to carry out its education, research, and outreach programs across Minnesota. State funding, in particular, helps keep tuition low, renews buildings and infrastructure, advances critical research, and supports outreach to Minnesota communities across the state. 

UMN Advocates is an essential component of the University’s legislative effort. Composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other supporters, UMN Advocates help raise awareness and support for the University at the State Capitol through emails to elected officials, events, and other coordinated efforts. 

Unsure you can make a difference at the Capitol? We will teach you about the legislative process and how to advocate effectively with your elected officials.

Become a UMN Advocate

As a UMN Advocate, you can help increase funding for University of Minnesota. Whether you join us for U of M Day at the Capitol or prefer to take action from home, you can strengthen the future of the University. 

Become a UMN Advocate

On February 22, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across Minnesota traveled to the State Capitol to support the University of Minnesota’s legislative requests. U of M advocates showcased their campuses, research, and outreach work, while sharing personal stories of how the University has improved their own lives and the lives of other Minnesotans. 


A thoughtful email illustrating a personal story often makes a great impression.

  • Find your legislator.
  • Tell your story:
    • Why the U of M?
    • How are you making Minnesota a better place?
    • What are some obstacles that you have experienced?
    • Keep the tone positive and courteous.
    • Indicate that you would appreciate a reply.


Tweeting legislators is a surprisingly effective method of communication.

  • Find the Twitter handles of your elected officials and tag them to say hello, share your opinion, or ask a question.
  • Think about including any relevant hashtags that may be available.
  • And don't forget that a positive and courteous tone applies to social media too.
Phone Call

Calling your lawmaker is quick and easy. The vast majority of the time you will leave a message. Go to to get your Senator or Representative's contact information.

When you call, give your name and express your thoughts. Stay positive and let the lawmaker know why the University of Minnesota is important to you. When they call you back, don't be intimidated. Simply have a conversation and remind them that you are a voter, the University is important to you, and ask them to support the U!


Visiting your lawmakers in-person is a great way to connect and make your voice heard face-to-face. Set up a meeting and tell your lawmaker your story.


The opinion page is a widely read section of the newspaper. Letters to the editor are often saved by elected officials and can indicate to opinion leaders that an issue is on the public's mind. Even a few letters throughout Minnesota can spur increased news coverage and renewed attention.

Your story is a powerful way to bring to life your support for the University of Minnesota. Feel free to mention the broad importance of the U of M, but be sure to talk about your personal connection as well.