NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University students will join public university students and other stakeholders from throughout Louisiana in a rally in Baton Rouge Wednesday, Feb. 24. Members of the Council of Student Body Presidents collectively named the rally “Bring H.E.A.T.,” an acronym for Bring Higher Education All Together.
Rally organizers say their objective is to show support of higher education, currently threatened by dire budget cuts, and promote action by state leaders to find long-term sustainable funding for higher education in Louisiana. COSBP represents more than 200,000 students currently enrolled at a Louisiana public post-secondary institution.
“This is a pivotal time in higher education. The only way that students can guarantee that their voices are heard is by contacting local legislators,” said Matthew Whitaker of Winnfield, president of NSU’s Student Government Association. “This could be through email, face to face meetings, or phone calls. Regardless of the method, we must urge our policy makers to elevate our voices to new heights. I am very excited to be leading the Northwestern State student body at the capitol next week and I ask that everyone immerse themselves in this very important process.”
Public universities will be represented in the Capitol Rotunda beginning at 8 a.m. The rally will begin at noon on the Capitol steps.
Individuals are invited to join the BringHEAT Higher Education Rally on Facebook. When posting on social media, individuals can use the event’s official hashtags #BringHEAT and #LaHigherEd.