D4D Support and Resources

The Community Engagement Center strives to support students throughout their Pitzer experience! For students interested in participating in the D4D Letter Writing Competition, we recommend that students utilize all Pitzer has to offer!

Have you visited the Writing Center? Whether you’re just beginning your letter or need help on final edits, the Writing Center is a great resource! Set up an appointment today!

Support from Pitzer Faculty!
The following Pitzer Faculty have agreed to serve as advisors to students submitting a proposal letter in their related fields:

The following resources will assist students in writing their letter:

  • A letter written by students at Earlham College that was selected as the winner at the 2012 D4D Legislative Hearing appears on pages 5-8. This letter is an excellent model. The five letters that were selected for the 2012 legislative hearing can be viewed at http://www.projectpericles.org
  • THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The website provides detailed federal legislative information to the public. http://thomas.loc.gov/
  • C-SPAN is a private, non-profit company, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service. Its mission is to provide public access to the political process. The C-SPAN website contains a wealth of information including video of Congressional hearings related to a number of federal policy issues. http://www.c-span.org
  • National Journal Group is the leading source of nonpartisan reporting on the current political environment and emerging policy trends.http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.  The NCSL website provides research and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. http://www.ncsl.org/
  • Earlham College juniors David Schutt and Clara Stuligross recently completed a video on how to communicate effectively with elected officials. Schutt and Stuligross emphasize that elected officials pay attention to constituents who reach out to them. By engaging with elected officials, individuals and groups can have a significant impact on issues – a view that echoes the underlying philosophy of the D4D Program. In the video, Representative Tonko comments, “Constituent interaction is absolutely critical. It’s not only helpful; it’s essential.”http://youtu.be/wmJGCcgLtho