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CARE Campus Connections

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Welcome to CARE’s Advocacy

Who We Are

We are a community of passionate, globally-minded individuals who believe in justice and equality for all. Together, we speak up alongside marginalized and vulnerable populations around the world to ensure their voices are heard and needs are met.

What We Do

Through the power of our voices, we urge U.S. leaders to pass policy reforms that foster strong, resilient communities, promote lasting solutions to poverty, and save lives globally. Everything we do centers on women and girls — their potential, their leadership, and their unique needs — because we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.


In 2023, CARE worked in 111 countries, reaching more than 174 million people through 1,600 projects. CARE Action and its advocates have championed numerous policy wins – with support from both sides of the aisle – for progress on food and nutrition security, women’s empowerment, global funding, and more. These policy reforms ensure that current and future generations will benefit from the changes we make today. More information on our advocacy issues can be found here.

CARE’s Campus Connection Program

The CARE Campus Connection featuring Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is one of the three pillars of our ongoing partnership between CARE USA and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Campus Connection program will build on the interest from Delta Days and establish a school year long program that partners with specific Delta Sigma Theta chapters. This program will expand on Delta Sigma Theta chapter’s abilities to bring new voices to CARE’s advocacy, provide learning opportunities for collegiate students, and boost CARE’s community-level engagement with members of Congress and their staff.

Specific goals of the program are as follows:

  • Diversify CARE’s network of advocate leaders and recruit new college-aged advocates to engage in our advocacy work.
  • Host 10 CARE campus engagement activities (two per chapter) during the school year.
  • Bring at least five new Delta advocates to CARE on Capitol Hill in October 2023. Dates of the event are Oct 18-19.


Participating Chapters

Claflin University, Gamma Chi Chapter

CARE Region: Southeast

CARE Staff Contact: Patlyn Charles

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Theta Rho Chapter

CARE Region: Southeast

CARE Staff Contact: Patlyn Charles

University of Southern California, Upsilon Chapter

CARE Region: West

CARE Staff Contact: Josh Brown

Yale University, Pi Alpha Chapter 

CARE Region: Northeast

CARE Staff Contact: Harley Dority

The University of Kansas, Psi Chapter

CARE Region: Midwest

CARE Staff Contact: Josh Brown

CARE Staff Responsibilities

  • Josh Brown, Senior Regional Advocacy Manager, is the overall main point of contact for this program. Josh can be reached at Josh.Brown@care.org or 925-766-4267. Chapter leaders are encouraged to also reach out to their respective Regional Advocacy Manager.
  • Regional Advocacy Managers (RAMs) will work directly with a designated campus leader to craft events, schedule in-district meetings and provide timely advocacy opportunities.
  • CARE will create a Campus Connection landing page with resources and will provide each chapter with a chapter specific recruitment page including a unique QR code.
  • CARE will provide chapters with materials to participate in tabling recruitment events on campus.
  • RAMs will host monthly training sessions that will provide learning opportunities and skill building for students.
  • RAMs will assist chapters with finding opportunities for CARE subject matter experts, global women leaders and other speakers to participate in chapter events.
  • RAMs will facilitate an engagement competition amongst chapters.

Delta Sigma Theta Chapter Responsibilities 

  • Host two CARE focused campus events (one Fall, one Spring), including:
    • One letter writing campaign focused on why Congress should support foreign assistance that empowers women and girls in developing countries.
    • One creative event where federal legislators and CARE subject matter experts are invited to discuss issues impacting women and girls.
  • Attend CARE virtual kick-off orientation.
  • Chapter representatives attend monthly CARE Campus training calls.
  • Each chapter leader will be tasked with recruiting 100 new advocates.
  • At least one chapter representative must attend October 2023 CARE On Capitol Hill (CARE will provide travel and housing).
Three women smile in front of the US Capitol Building. They're each wearing CARE badges and holding CARE tote bags.

Calendar of Events



Campus Connection Kick-Off

On this call, we officially kicked off the start of the CARE Campus Connection Program. During the call we provided a program overview including goals and expectations. Click here to watch a recording of the call.


The Important of Using Your Voice

On this call, we focused on the power of advocating for Black women and girls around the world. We were joined by CARE’s Chief People, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Melissa Heggie, who graciously shared details on her career and provided invaluable insight to our attendees. Click here to watch the recording of the call.


Celebrating Black History Month

This training will focus on developing advocacy focused storytelling skills. This includes tips on developing a compelling story for specific media uses (for example, 30 second sound bites, writing Op-Ed/LTEs, elevator pitches. etc.). Participants will learn how to effectively communicate their message, deliver impactful speeches, and engage with different audiences. We hope that attendees will leave being able to tell their campus’s story while advocating with CARE.


Advocating with CARE

This training will take place in Washington DC prior to, or during CARE on Capitol Hill: She Leads the World.


Special Event – Panel Discussion

This call could be a special event that will highlight the efforts of our campus leaders and provide an opportunity for us to highlight a few dynamic speakers in a panel type discussion. Could include a care team lead like Ritu or one of our global women leaders or someone in a leadership position within the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority organization. 


Program Evaluation and Recognition

This call will take time to evaluate CARE’s campus connection program and allow participants to provide feedback. Care team will also take time to recognize and thank campus leaders for their work over the course of the school year and highlight the next round of leaders. Will encourage campus leaders to connect over the summer and provide engagement opportunities for their chapters in coordination with CARE staff.

Additional Resources

Take Action

View our active petitions and start using your voice to support our global priorities.

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Post on Social Media

Use our social media toolkit to share your involvement with CARE and start recruiting advocates.

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Read About Our Impact

Find out how CARE and its local partners have been supporting communities worldwide for more than 75 years.

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Why We Advocate

Hear from CARE Action advocates about what it means to use your voice on behalf of people around the world.

A crowd shot of advocates at CARE National Conference.