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CUPA-HR Goes to Washington

Looking for some good news coming out of Washington, D.C.? CUPA-HR had two opportunities recently to connect with members of Congress and the EEOC to help them understand our higher ed HR challenges.

A Day on the Hill

Last Thursday, CUPA-HR’s government relations team led a group of higher ed HR leaders from several states in a visit to Capitol Hill. Breaking up into teams, these leaders participated in meetings with members of Congress and Congressional staff to share higher ed HR’s perspectives on the new proposed overtime rule, the Raise the Wage Act, the Equality Act, and CUPA-HR’s comments on the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX.

It was a great day and an excellent opportunity to make our voice heard on Capitol Hill!

CUPA-HR at the EEOC Roundtable on Workplace Harassment

Last month, CUPA-HR President and CEO Andy Brantley was invited by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to participate in an industry roundtable on preventing workplace harassment.

In a prepared statement, Brantley emphasized the importance of looking beyond training to address the issue: “Training and heightening awareness will always be important, but we must be committed to creating and sustaining workplace cultures that do not tolerate harassment in any way, shape or form.” Read the full statement.

As colleges and universities have sought new ways to manage the harassment claims review process quickly and professionally, CUPA-HR has worked with members to identify programs that are working and resources that are being used to create a more inclusive campus culture. For more information, visit the Sexual Harassment and Title IX Resources page on our website. The Title IX discussion group in our online community offers a place for CUPA-HR members to explore ideas as well.

You Don’t Have to Go to D.C. to Be an Advocate for Higher Ed HR

In addition to these March events, our government relations team is hard at work every day preparing position statements and comments, collaborating with counterparts at other higher ed and HR associations, and meeting with members of Congress, congressional staff and regulatory agencies. Our goal is not only to be heard by policymakers in D.C., but also to educate institutions about federal legislative and regulatory changes and their impact on the higher ed workforce.

We encourage you to stay current on the issues most relevant to your institution, and to share with campus leaders any information that may be useful:

CUPA-HR Position Statements and Letters

Legislative and Regulatory News

Webinar – Quarterly Washington Update With CUPA-HR’s Government Relations Team


The CUPA-HR national office will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.