UNC's Undergraduate Student Government hosted its first annual Lobbying 101 Workshop on Thursday night in the Student Union.
“The goal of the workshop is to be able to connect the lobbying committee for State and External Affairs with various student organizations here on campus and learn about the process of government relations and how it could help champion student voices on campus,” Dylan Heneghan, director of lobbying for the Undergraduate Student Government, said.
Heneghan said he hoped the workshop would help demystify lobbying, and that he'd love to see it become an annual event.
Special guests N.C. Sen. Mike Woodard, D-Durham, and a panel of professional lobbyists used the time to discuss how students can effectively talk with and persuade government officials.
“Manage your expectations,” said Harry Kaplan, a lobbyist at the North Carolina General Assembly. “You’re not going to get everything you want the first time you ask — maybe not even the hundredth time. And just because you don’t convince somebody the first time you talk to them, you can’t take it personally.”