Student committee seeks legislative action

By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter



Students can take action on legislative issues and discuss topics with legislators by becoming involved in Highline's Student Legislative Action Committee.

The Student Legislative Action Committee, which is a part of Highline's Student Government, focuses on statewide advocacy for community and technical colleges.

Astrid Duenas, speaker of the caucus for Highline's Student Government, said that joining the Student Legislative Action Committee is a good way to get involved and take action on important legislative issues.

"There are many different ways to take action," Duenas said. "This is one of them."

One of the ways the Student Legislative Action Committee takes action is by hosting an annual Legislative Breakfast at Highline, where students can talk directly to legislators about issues they care about.

The Student Legislative Action Committee also focuses on local issues each year, provided by the Washington Community and Technical College Student Association.

One of the issues that the committee is focusing on this year is the support of open educational resources, which are freely accessible and licensed materials, such as free textbooks.

Duenas said that since textbooks can be very expensive, many students are not able to afford them, which is why it is important to focus on supporting the use of open educational resources.

The Student Legislative Action Committee is also focusing on the K-AA initiative, which would redefine basic education to include associates degrees.

Duenas said that the goal of this initiative is to make sure everyone has access to higher education.

She said that by joining the Student Legislative Action Committee, students will be able get involved with these issues and have an impact on local government.

"It's a long process, but it's worth it," she said. "It's really impactful… It's a way to create change."

Meetings for the Student Legislative Action Committee are every other Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 8, Room 320.

For more information, students can contact Astrid Duenas at aduenasdiaz@highline.edu.

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