Fifteen students from Harford Community College were among the hundreds of students from all 16 Maryland community colleges who took part in Student Advocacy Day 2019 in Annapolis on March 5, 2019. The students encouraged lawmakers to increase community college affordability and access.

HCC students who participated in Student Advocacy Day included Malik Bodrick, Manny Campbell, Nelson Delgado, Elizabeth Dodson, Price Fisher, Tomozia Graves, Justin Higgins, Shayne Moulsdale, Hope Timoll, Erykah Tisdale, Alicea Vitello, Krista Wilcox, Isaiah Williams, Francesca Winborn, and Shaina White. Also representing Harford Community College in Annapolis were Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, President of Harford Community College; Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness; Kurt Doan, Senior Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees; Laura Burke, Student Wellness and Programming Specialist; Caitlin White, Student Leadership and Orientation Specialist; Lauren Ciambruschini, Communications Specialist; and Jessica Rafalko, Communications Specialist.  

In the morning, students from each of the state’s community colleges gathered for the kickoff of the event at the Miller Senate Office Building. After the gathering, students visited their respective Delegates and Senators from their local delegations to learn more about Maryland political proceedings and to share compelling, personal stories about their community college experiences. They emphasized the importance and value of a community college education and as well as its impact not only on their future but also the future workforce of Maryland. The Harford team had the opportunity to meet with Maryland State Delegates Andrew P. Cassilly and Lauren R. Arikan as well as representatives from the offices of other lawmakers.

The event was sponsored by Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), an advocate for the state’s 16 community colleges and the educational needs of the students they serve.  Student Advocacy Day is organized by MACC to provide students with direct access to their legislators.