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Longhorns on the Hill

Join us October 26, 2021

Since 2015, UT Advocates have held an annual event to engage with top decision-makers at the federal level about higher education in our country.  

Join us from your home, office, or home office to virtually meet with members of Congress and share the impact of your UT Austin education. 


Why Participate?  

Our focus this year is on YOU and the unique perspective you have as an alumnus.  

Members of Congress want to hear from you, and we are here to help you share your story about higher education and your UT experience. We will also be discussing several high priority subjects that have a significant impact on UT Austin, so time is of the essence and your voice will help decision makers better understand the value that UT Austin brings to Texas and beyond.  

Who can participate? 

Any alumnus or friend of the university who can use Zoom! 

Each year we have alumni from all over the state and nation take part in meetings with members of Congress. In addition to meetings, there are opportunities for alumni to send personalized messages to their members of Congress.  

What do the meetings look like and what is the time commitment? 

Congressional meetings typically last 15-30 minutes. There are 3-5 alumni in each group who jointly discuss the priority issues and why they are important to the individuals in the group.  

Is there training? 

Absolutely! We work to make participating in Longhorns on the Hill as easy as possible. We will provide a short information session prior to your virtual meeting, where each group’s participants will be able to meet each other, plan for the meeting and gain important insights about the priority issues. 

What can I do before Longhorns on the Hill? 

Become a UT Advocate! Stay in the loop about how you can continue to promote UT Austin. Share this opportunity to lend support to UT Austin with a friend.

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Since the inaugural LOTH, the number of Texas Exes advocating for their alma mater on the Hill has more than doubled.
In 2015, 26 volunteers made 17 office visits.
By 2019, 37 volunteers met with all 31 members of the Texas delegation.
Year after year, whether through lengthy sit-downs in congressional offices, hallway chats, or sometimes even an impromptu mid-committee hearing meeting, alumni have advocated for these key issues
Increased federal research funding.
The rising cost of college.
Increased financial aid.
“There are Longhorn legislators on both sides of the aisle,” says Katie Jarl, BJ ’07, Life Member. "For at least a day, we were able to walk into those offices wearing our burnt orange and individually share our commitment to keeping Texas great.”

The Impact of Longhorns on the Hill 

Click through to see the how Texas Exes have advocated for UT at the federal level over the years.

Learn from Fellow Longhorns

During Longhorns on the Hill 2020 we heard from UT faculty and alumni as they discussed the value of their UT educations and the importance of advocacy through a series of live interviews. 

Vice Admiral (Dr.) Raquel Cruz Bono

Director, Washington State’s COVID-19 Health System Response Management; BA ’79; Life Member; Distinguished Alumna

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Jay Hartzell

President, UT Austin

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Dean Clay Johnston and Dean Sharon Wood

Dean of Dell Medical School and Dean of Cockrell School of Engineering
Panel moderated by Rosa Flores, BBA, MPA ’01, BJ ’05, Life Member

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