For almost a century, Rice University has educated students who have become leaders across a wide spectrum of endeavors. True to Rice's mission of public outreach, thousands of our graduates have gone on to serve their communities and countries in business, education, the military, political office, volunteerism and philanthropy. Rice's Government Relations is building on that tradition by working at all levels of government to contribute expertise that helps inform and improve policymaking. Government Relations also works to generate support for Rice's legislative and funding priorities.
It all starts with the Rice community. Government Relations works with Rice faculty and leaders to develop our local, state and federal governmental priorities. Before each legislative or congressional session begins, we invite the vice provost for research, deans and faculty members to identify opportunities for legislation and funding. We prioritize those opportunities, share them with elected officials who represent Rice and work with them to win support and passage. We encourage you to engage in that process through the Rice Communication Action Network, Rice CAN.
We also build relationships with government officials who represent our campus. We do that by inviting them to visit Rice and meet with our faculty and leaders, and to learn more about our work in our classrooms and laboratories. We also seek opportunities for Rice experts to testify before governmental bodies to help inform the legislative process and contribute to better policymaking. Let us know if you have opportunities for engaging with governmental officials or expertise to contribute on a specific issue.
Do you want to help Rice University achieve its goals for the next century? Sign up for Rice CAN. This is a grassroots initiative that taps on the expertise and relationships of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to build understanding of and support for Rice's legislative priorities. Join us in a good cause: to inform and improve the policymaking process, and to advance Rice's priorities.
Rice University has established a set of guidelines and procedures to guide our relationship with government officials and agencies. Because lobbying rules and other regulations differ for different levels of government and change often, please consult with Rice's Government Relations professionals before contacting elected or appointed officials.