Students from Harold Washington and Wilbur Wright colleges recently returned from Washington, D.C. Students attended the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC) conference where they learned how to advocate for the needs of their peers—community college students.

ASACC’s annual conference focuses on what really matters for community college students’ success. Across the years, ASACC has tackled key topics like Pell Grants, updating the Higher Education Act, DACA, making FAFSA easier, managing student loan rates, and even using pre-tax money to pay off loans, just to name a few.

ASACC hones the leadership, citizenship, and advocacy skills of community college student leaders. It’s a platform where these students get to amplify their voices on national issues that affect them directly. Some students were also able to share their stories of being undocumented and migrant students.

In addition to attending the conference, the students met with Senator Richard Durbin’s team and a team member from Congressman Mike Quigley’s office.