Legislative Advocacy in Colorado with IGNITE National

During the 2019 Colorado legislative session, IGNITE young women chose to advocate for Senate Bill 7 to prevent sexual misconduct at institutions of higher education.

#IGNITEtheCapitol Colorado 2019

During the 2019 Colorado legislative session, IGNITE young women chose to advocate for Senate Bill 7 to prevent sexual misconduct at institutions of higher education.

"The time is now for us to take preventative measures to stop sexual assault on college campuses before it happens. Senate Bill 7 is a step in the right direction because it focuses on prevention and emphasizes the consequences. We also picked this bill because it includes implementing sexual harassment training at every facility."

- Ayah Ziyadah, IGNITE Denver Fellow, sharing why her College Council selected SB 7

Senate Bill 7 would require institutions of higher education to provide training and awareness in the prevention of sexual misconduct. Additionally, the bill ensures that institutions are held accountable by establishing procedures for investigations, protections for involved persons, and reporting.

IGNITE women attended IGNITE the Capitol in Denver, Colorado on March 22, 2019 to advocate for SB 7. These young advocates concluded their day of advocacy feeling heard, empowered, and eager to continue championing the causes they care about through legislative advocacy:

"We will continue to work for this bill as it moves through the Senate and into the house. Since it will be towards the end of the session, it is especially important to make our voices heard and be sure that legislation as important as this doesn’t get lost in the mix. College students deserve to feel safe and focus on their education, and we will make sure legislators take the perspective of young women into account."

- Shannon Hayes, University of Colorado Denver

“I was surprised by the receptiveness and engagement of our representatives. We had thorough, genuine discussions, and they voiced immense support for our work that affirmed to me what we were doing.”

- Malaika Michelle-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado

“Lobbying at the capitol was simultaneously one of the hardest and most freeing things I have ever done. As a female who has experienced sexual assault firsthand on campus, showing up to talk to my legislators about why they should support Senate Bill 7 took a lot of courage but also changed the way I view politics and my role in the political system. For the first time since my assault, I felt I truly had the power to help push along systematic change to end violence against women."

- Anonymous IGNITE college participant


Be an Advocate for Senate Bill 7: Prevent Sexual Misconduct at Higher Ed Campuses

Bill Summary: According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one out of four female undergraduates will be victim to some form of sexual assault before graduation. Moreover, according to RAINN, nearly 70% of victims don't inform the police and that a mere 25% of reported assaults eventually result in an arrest. These jarring statistics reflect the need for universities and colleges to increase prevention and support systems for many of our students. SB 7 is an important first step in ensuring that our students are safe by requiring institutions of higher education to provide training and awareness in the prevention of sexual misconduct. Additionally, the bill ensures that institutions are held accountable by establishing procedures for investigations, protections for involved persons, and reporting.

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More about Legislative Advocacy at IGNITE

Political power includes amplifying voice and perspective to advocate for the issues IGNITE women care about most. IGNITE participants and alumni are championing policies that uplift women and youth, like protecting women's rights and maximizing voter participation.

In our Legislative Advocacy training IGNITE, young women learn:

  • the basics of why it is critical their voice is heard,
  • how to be an effective advocate, and
  • the ins and outs of their local and states’ lawmaking process.

Following training, IGNITE women head to state capitols across the country for a hands-on advocacy experience. On “IGNITE the Capitol” visits, young women:

  • meet with state legislators and staffers to advocate for a specific bill,
  • foster connections with IGNITE women from across the state,
  • tour the capitol to learn the state government’s history and see democracy in action, and
  • share IGNITE’s work and mission with elected officials and staffers.