Volunteers needed for virtual Pitt Day in Harrisburg

Last year, Pitt Day in Harrisburg was canceled as the world began to grapple with the pandemic. This year, it will be going all digital.

Registration is open now for the annual day of advocacy with state lawmakers on March 23. Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for Community and Governmental Relations, said they hope to have more than 100 participants

The sessions will be conducted through Accelevents, kicking off at 9:30 a.m. with a Welcome & Advocacy Briefing: How to Advocate Effectively. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will speak, and participants will view a video to assist with how to advocate effectively virtually, and will review all information and expectations for the day.

Meetings with legislators are scheduled at 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. Participants will join pre-assigned groups to meet with elected officials virtually. A moderator will be provided for each meeting to help drive conversation and discuss Pitt’s impact. Those at the meeting are encouraged to share their Pitt story with legislators.

“We plan to highlight Pitt’s role as a destination of choice for Pennsylvania’s best students, keeping that homegrown talent here, as well as our role as an economic anchor and engine of growth due to our powerful, cutting-edge research work,” Supowitz said.

Throughout the day, volunteers can take virtual tours of the Pennsylvania Capitol building.

Participants and elected officials also are welcomed to join University departments in a virtual showcase about how Pitt is exploring, serving and innovating in the community.

At noon, high level Capitol staff will lead a legislative career chat for anyone interested in making state politics their career. Learn more about why they chose their path and how they advanced their careers.

The day will end with a celebration at 1:15 p.m.

— Susan Jones


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