The concept of the Nevada Education Protection Pledge came to Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) Director of Legislative Affairs, Casey Stiteler last year when the Nevada System of Higher Education was facing large budget cut-backs. Modeled after the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Stiteler took on the challenge of initiating an education pledge to begin the conversation regarding the future of higher education in Nevada.
“The main goal of the pledge is to initiate a direct dialogue between students and legislators,” Stiteler said. “It’s important for the students of the state of Nevada to know that their lawmakers are listening and it’s just as important that lawmakers in the state of Nevada know that students will not stand idly by as decisions about the future of our state are being made.”
The newly formed ASUN Department of Legislative Affairs has reached out to other colleges and universities within the Nevada System of Higher Education to form a union between institutions that are all fighting for their education in Nevada.
“The pledges were sent out today,” Stiteler said. This should provide ample time for candidates to read the pledge, look into the issues surrounding higher education, sign and return the pledge well before voting commences.”
The pledge is currently being supported by the Graduate Student Association at the University of Nevada, Reno, undergraduate student government at the University of Nevada, Western Nevada College, Great Basin College, College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.