Public Policy



Often advocating for a policy change is
more successful by starting on the local or
state level, or even within your university
or company. AWIS National is here to
offer resources for you to advocate for
issues you care about.

AWIS Members from Texas, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland join AWIS CEO Sandy Robert, CAE, to advocate for legislation that advances diversity in STEM.

Explore AWIS’ policy platform to find the issues that most impact women in STEM.

Watch our advocacy webinars, led by seasoned AWIS advocates.

Get involved. Download the AWIS Advocacy Toolkit.

Step One

Public Policy and Advocacy at the Local Level

Advocacy for Scientists: Five Tips for Sustained Action

Scientists are the experts that scientists rely on for shaping policy. Combining expertise and personal narrative with sustained action, you can be a powerful force for change. Use these five tips as guidance during AWIS’ Public Policy and Advocacy Week and throughout the year to get started.

Step Two

Advocacy from Home or Office

Resources to help you find, research, and contact your local representatives

  • Call script and letter writing template
  • Legislative representative lookup tool
  • Legislation tracking tools


Step Three

Take your Messaging to the Next Level

We know that some AWIS chapters are ready to merge their STEM and advocacy. Find out tips and tricks to take your advocacy to the next level.


  • AWIS Talking Points
  • Draft your own talking points for causes you are working towards

Step Four

Tips and Tricks and Promising Practices

Explore the best practices for effective outreach


  • General tips and tricks
  • Making phone calls
  • Holding face-to-face meetings
  • Writing emails or letter

Give us feedback

AWIS has been working on crafting these resources for our members and we want to hear from you. Is this what you want from National? Which resources were the most useful? Where should we expand?

Let us know

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