Council on Governmental and External Relations

The mission of the Council is to support the University of Illinois System by building and sustaining effective partnerships with the state, federal, and local governments. The Council coordinates and shares advice and expertise with relevant units across the System. It works to engage with stakeholders in alumni relations, the private sector, think tanks, associations and other external parties. COGER plans and oversees effective outreach and advocacy campaigns targeting elected and other high-level government officials.

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Government Official Interactions

University faculty and staff interact with federal, state, and local government officials in many ways, including: inviting officials to campus, testifying at legislative hearings, and visiting legislators in their offices. These engagements can be more effective and coordinated if you consult ahead of time with the Office of Governmental Relations (OGR).

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