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PSU Advocates

Becoming a PSU Advocate can help ensure that Portland State University’s voice is heard around our communities and in the halls of government — throughout Oregon, in the State Capitol, and in Washington, D.C.

The PSU Advocates is an arm of the Alumni Association which works to promote the goals of Portland State University with decision makers. The Advocates have supported PSU and higher education  since 1989. This network of alumni, students, their families, and friends, guided by an all-volunteer committee, contacts legislators, writes letters to the editor, attends town hall meetings and other meetings with community leaders and elected officials, and works with other PSU groups to sponsor lobby days and rallies

PSU Advocates speak out for the university in many ways, throughout Oregon and in the nation’s capital. You can tell the PSU story and advocate on behalf of the university and higher education by volunteering. Your effort helps to ensure a strong partnership between the university, policymakers and community leaders who are so important to the university’s long-term success.


Check out the 2013 PSU at the Capitol Video


Salem Capitol

Advocate benefits include:

  • Periodic orientations for new and continuing members, to keep you up-to-date on PSU news and initiatives.
  • Advocacy training sessions, which give you the tools you need to engage policymakers in meaningful discussion and effectively deliver the PSU message.
  • Advocacy opportunities throughout the year — everything from calling or e-mailing elected officials, writing letters to the editor, attending town hall meetings, participating in office visits to legislative offices in Salem, and attending our advocacy days in the State Capitol.
  • News about special events.
  • PSU’s Public and Government Affairs newsletter sent directly to your email.

PSU Government Relations Update: June 2013

Advocates Toolbox

Find your legislator here!
Key goverment and PSU contact information
How to be a great PSU Advocate: Lobbying 101
Government Speak: Glossary of legislative terms
Sample letter to your Seanator/Representative

READ: PSU's Economic Impact 


Our alumni and friends really do make a difference in how PSU prospers in Oregon, nationally, and internationally. If you have additions questions, contact Al Fitzpatrick at or Tom Bull at for more information about becoming a PSU Advocate.