Students lobby for MAP Grant

By Rene Howard-Paez

March 20, 2013

In light of potential MAP Grant cuts for students in the state of Illinois, students at Dominican University are making sure that their voices are heard at the state capitol.

On Wed., March 13, a group of seven students along with Assistant Professor of political science David Dolence attended a MAP Grant rally in Springfield, accompanying students from five other Illinois universities.

All students drafted letters for each of the state legislators and hand delivered them to their offices, according to senior and rally participant Edgar Nieto. Nieto was generally pleased with the outcome of the lobby day.

“It was positive reinforcement to know that you are not alone and that there are many others who rely on this great to fund their education,” he said.

Senior Marco Rodriguez also attended the rally and echoed Nieto’s sentiments.

“I think that we represented Dominican fairly well, and we showed our representatives how them how much we value our education,” Rodriguez said. “I look forward to following up with our representatives. Most of them told us they support the MAP Grant.”

The students hoped to advocate for those who’s MAP Grants has gotten cut, and to prevent further cuts.