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UW Ph.D. student Brockberg writes about experience advocating on Capitol Hill

April 07, 2016

UW-Madison’s Dustin Brockberg is the author of an article that was recently posted to the American Psychological Association’s Psych Learning Curve website.

The article is headlined, “My Experience On Capitol Hill: How I Advocated To Restore Eligibility For Federally Subsided Loans.”

Brockberg is a second-year doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.

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In the article, Brockberg writes how he had the “opportunity to attend the Education Leadership Conference (ELC), which was presented by the American Psychological Association (APA).”

He continues: “As research presentations and discussion panels drew to a close, the focus of ELC changed to advocacy efforts. … As a graduate student, I was initially nervous about this aspect of the conference because I had no prior experience in political advocacy. Furthermore, I was the only representative from my state and realized that I would be meeting with my state’s Congressional delegation by myself.”

Brockberg served in the United States Army for four years. After his 18-month deployment to Iraq, he completed his B.S. in Child Psychology and a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition to his current work toward a Ph.D., at UW-Madison, Brockberg is also the current State Advocacy Coordinator for Wisconsin, as part of the Advocacy Coordinating Team of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

To learn more about Brockberg’s experience at ELC, check out his entire article for free on this Psych Learning Curve web page.

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