Community College 

 National Legislative Summit

February | 5 - 8
Legislative Priorities (forthcoming)
Background Information (forthcoming)
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, administration officials, leading political analysts, and other high-profile speakers about the current climate in D.C., recent elections, and legislative issues impacting community colleges.

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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 speakerS
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Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Political Analyst, Social Scientist, and Academic Leader

Passionate about making social science relatable to real-time political events, Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is an analyst, academic, and social scientist with expertise in campaigns and elections, immigration, Latinos, women, racial and ethnic minority politics, and political psychology. She is currently the Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas – working with university leadership to cultivate and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Applying high-quality social science research to on-the-ground political realities, she provides a unique, outside-the-Beltway view to today’s real-world issues. Using her nuanced understanding of key electorates, she thoughtfully unpacks the factors shaping the political landscape and expertly analyzes the state of the nation’s politics and elections.


For close to a decade, Victoria has been a contributor to MSNBC and NBCNews.com, as well as Telemundo. Translating social science research into more relatable information for a wide variety of audiences, Victoria has previously provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision, NPR, and has appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. She is also published in both academic and popular outlets such as The Hill, POLITICO, and Talking Points Memo. 


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


2 | 4 | 2023

9:00AM - 11:00AM ACCT Finance and Audit Committee Meeting

9:30AM - 11:30AM ACCT Member Communications & Education Committee Meeting

10:00AM - 12:00PM ACCT Governance & Bylaws Committee Meeting

1:30PM - 3:30PM ACCT Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Meeting

2:30PM - 3:30PM ACCT Trustee Advisory Committee Meeting (by invitation only)

3:30PM - 5:30PM ACCT Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting


2 | 5 | 2023

8:30AM - 11:00AM ACCT Board of Directors Meeting

9:00AM - 5:00PM Registration


10:00AM - 4:00PM New Trustee Academy**


11:00AM - 4:00PM Advocacy Leadership Academy**

1:00PM - 2:30PM AACC/ACCT Executive Committees Meeting (by invitation)

3:30PM - 5:30PM ACCT State, Province & Territories Coordinators Network Meeting


3:30PM - 6:00PM ACCT Regional Nominating Committees Meeting (by invitation)


2 | 6 | 2023

7:00AM - 2:30PM Registration

8:00AM - 9:45AM Opening General Sessions

10:00AM - 11:30AM Community College Priorities Session

10:00AM - 12:00PM Roundtable Seminar for Community College Lawyers

12:15PM - 2:00PM General Session Luncheon*

2:15PM - 3:30PM Student Session

2:30PM - 3:30PM Policy Focus Sessions

2:30PM - 3:30PM ACCT Advisory Committee of Presidents Meeting (by invitation)

3:00PM - 4:00PM Asian, Pacific Islanders and Native American Trustees Meeting

3:30PM - 4:30PM Student Trustee Advisory Committee Meeting

3:30PM - 5:00PM African-American Trustees Meeting

3:30PM - 5:00PM Association of Latino Community College Trustees Meeting

4:00PM - 5:30PM Corporate Council Roundtable Meeting (by invitation)

5:30PM - 6:30PM National Capital Reception


2 | 7 | 2023

7:00AM - 2:30PM Registration

7:30AM - 8:30AM State Breakfast Meetings

9:00AM - 10:00AM General Session (tentative)

Morning Visits to House, Senate and Executive Branch Offices

12:00PM - 1:00PM - Taste of D.C. (lunch on your own)

Afternoon Visits to House, Senate and Executive Branch Offices

3:30PM - 5:00PM Community College Congressional Forum on Capitol Hill (tentative)

7:00PM - 9:00PM Capitol Awards and Entertainment Banquet*


2 | 8 | 2023

8:30AM - 10:30AM General Session Breakfast*

Morning and Afternoon Visits to House, Senate and Executive Branch Offices

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

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Association of Community College Trustees

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Washington, DC 20036




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