Student Visits Support MBU at VA General Assembly

February 15, 2019

Mary Baldwin undergraduate students gather in front of the Virginia State Capitol during Thanks for TAG Day, in support of the General Assembly's funding of the Tuition Assistance Grant.

MBU students have traveled to Richmond this winter to help advocate for government support of their education and future careers at the Virginia General Assembly.

Undergraduates participated in Thanks for Tag Day, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, on January 28, and graduate students represented the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at the Virginia Physical Therapy Association Lobby Day on January 16 and the Virginia Occupational Therapy (OT) Association Legislative Day on February 5. Last fall, OT students also went to Washington, D.C., for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Hill Day.

Mary Baldwin undergraduate students gather in front of the Virginia State Capitol during Thanks for TAG Day, in support of the General Assembly's funding of the Tuition Assistance Grant.

Thanks for TAG Day

Bria Williams '22, Deja Clifton '21, Jasmine Matthews '21, and Belle Ross '21 (l–r) meet with a legislative aide (center) to Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, to discuss continued funding for TAG and VWIL on Jan. 28 in Richmond.

Bria Williams, a first-year student from Hopewell, meets to discuss the importance of TAG funding with Sen. Rosalyn Dance, who represents her in the General Assembly.

Virginia Physical Therapy Association Lobby Day

A group including PT Program Director Lisa Shoaf and PT students Sean Daugherty and Kaitlin McGrath visits with Del. Roslyn Tyler (front center), the only PT in the General Assembly.

Virginia Occupational Therapy Association Legislative Day

OT students Shawn Crnich, Brighid Rebolledo, and Katie McHale (l-r) at the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) Legislative Day where they met with the VOTA lobbyist and learned about current bills relevant to OT practice in Virginia.