Program Components

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ENACT Faculty Fellows and staff with Massachusetts state legislators at the Massachusetts State House.

The ENACT program comprises three primary components: Courses taught at institutions of higher education across the country; a weeklong institute to train incoming faculty fellows; and an online network to support participants in their work.

ENACT Courses

ENACT courses are designed to teach students, through coursework and hands-on experience, about participating in the legislative and political advocacy process at the state level.

These courses take many forms, depending on the expertise of the faculty member teaching them, the composition of the student body and a school's level of access to its state capital. The Advocacy for Policy Change course at Brandeis University offers one model, but ENACT fellows bring their own creativity and innovation to their offerings.

An ENACT course may be a new course, a supplement to an existing course or an adaptation of or enhancement to an existing course.

Required Components of ENACT Courses

ENACT Institute

The ENACT Institute is a five-day program where newly elected faculty fellows gain the skills and knowledge necessary to establish and lead an ENACT course on their home campus.

The institute is led by ENACT's academic director, Melissa Stimell, with support from current faculty fellows, who share their experiences and best practices during a series of interactive workshops. New fellows also have the opportunity to meet with state legislators, legislative aides and community activists; network with alumni of the program; and join the ENACT online network of faculty, students, activists and legislators who provide support and serve as a resource throughout the program.

By the end of the weeklong institute, fellows will have developed the broad outlines of an ENACT course that meet the following learning goals for their students:

ENACT Network

The ENACT Network is a national network of students, faculty, community activists and legislators that serves as an ongoing resource for those working in state-level legislative engagement. The network is based online but provides opportunities for in-person meet-ups within states, within regions and nationally.