Summit Overview

The National Legislative Summit is the premier community college advocacy event in Washington, DC, bringing together more than 1,000 community college leaders. The event shines a spotlight on the importance of our nation’s community colleges for Congress and the Administration.


The National Legislative Summit is designed to inform and educate community college leaders on federal policy issues that impact postsecondary institutions and students. National Legislative Summit participants will hear from members of U.S. Congress, leading political analysts, and other high-profile speakers about the current climate in D.C., recent elections, and legislative issues impacting community colleges.

Participants also have the opportunity to network with fellow community college leaders and meet with their U.S. representatives in Congress to advocate for their support for community colleges and their students.

Featured speaker
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Amy Walter

One of the best political journalists covering Washington.


Great way to get educated on federal policy issues and to meet with our congressional delegation on priorities of community colleges.

Amazing - There were so many great learning takeaways.  The opportunity was fantastic and I learned an incredible amount.  The personal development was one of the greatest experiences I have had.

Great event, dynamic times in the industry, so good to get close to the decision makers.

Schedule at a Glance

1 | 29 | 2021

11:00AM - 1:00PM African American Trustee Meeting

1:00PM - 3:00PM Association of Latino Community College Trustees Meeting

3:00PM - 5:00PM Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American Trustees Meeting


2 | 1 | 2021


11:00AM - 5:00PM ACCT New Board Member Orientation


2 | 2 | 2021


11:00AM - 1:00PM ACCT Executive Committee Meeting

1:30PM - 3:30PM ACCT Governance and Bylaws Committee Meeting

2:00PM - 4:00PM ACCT Finance and Audit Committee Meeting

3:30PM - 5:00PM ACCT Member Communication and Education Committee Meeting


2 | 3 | 2021

11:00AM - 12:30PM ACCT Public Policy Committee Meeting

12:30PM - 2:30PM ACCT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting

2:00PM - 4:00PM ACCT State, Province and Territory Coordinators Network Meeting

3:00PM - 5:00PM ACCT Corporate Council Roundtable


2 | 4 | 2021

11:00AM - 1:00PM ACCT Advisory Committee of Presidents Meeting

1:30PM - 3:00PM ACCT Student Trustee Advisory Committee Meeting

2:00PM - 4:00PM ACCT Trustee Advisory Committee Meeting


2 | 5 | 2021

11:00AM - 1:00PM ACCT Board of Directors Meeting


2 | 8 | 2021

10:30AM - 7:00PM National Legislative Summit


2 | 9 | 2021

10:30AM - 6:30PM National Legislative Summit


2 | 10 | 2021

10:30AM - 2:00PM National Legislative Summit


The Community College National Legislative Summit is presented by the Association of Community College Trustees in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges.