Key into what you can do.
Are you ready to key your policymakers into the value of the arts and sciences?
Email This to Your State Officials:
Personalized emails and letters can make an impact. Below, we provide you with several sample emails that you can copy and paste to send to your governor or state legislators. If possible, boost your impact by taking just a few minutes to make it more personal with these quick tips and suggestions.
Need contact information for your state officials? You can find it here.
Urgent Alert for March 2021: Save Florida’s Bright Futures Program
We encourage Phi Beta Kappa members residing in Florida to contact their state senators to express concern about SB 86, an effort to reduce scholarship funds for students who major in disciplines that would tie scholarship funding to the majors students choose. The bill directs the state’s Board of Governors to compile a list of areas of study, and deem some of them more likely to lead to jobs than others. Students choosing those favored areas of study would get more Bright Futures money. The bill’s sponsor mentioned his liberal arts degree in sociology as an example of a useless degree.
Members can copy and paste language from our sample letters below to make the case for why Florida’s promising students should not be punished for majoring in the liberal arts and sciences.
Read more about the proposed bill here.
Following an outcry from constituents, the state lawmaker behind a bill that would have altered Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program has removed the most controversial elements of the proposed law. Thank you for voicing support for the role the liberal arts and sciences play in shaping meaningful careers for Florida’s students.
Tips and Suggestions to Make Your Call More Personal
- Keep your message as short, simple, and specific as possible. If you can, reference pending legislation in your state or specific budget line items.
- Tell a brief personal anecdote when possible to tie your message back home for your legislator.
- Ask for a response by indicating you would appreciate a reply on the issue.
- Follow up when appropriate by thanking your legislator when you agree with their votes or informing them when you disagree.