External Relations and Public Affairs

The Office of External Relations and Public Affairs coordinates the legislative efforts for the IU Kokomo campus. Working with the IU Alumni Association, we organize local participation in the annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit, letter-writing campaigns, and a host of other activities.

Services and Resources

Hoosiers for Higher Education
HHE is a volunteer advocacy organization of IU alumni and friends statewide that raises public awareness about the importance of higher education for Indiana's future. HHE is organized in cooperation with the IU Alumni Association and the IU Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.

IU Office of Government Relations
The Office of Government Relations works to ensure that friends, alumni, and supporters of Indiana University have immediate access to critical information regarding state and national legislative activity pertaining to funding for IU and higher education and to other legislation that may have an impact on IU's future.

State Relations
State Relations serves as the primary liaison between Indiana University and the legislative and executive branches of Indiana government, including the Indiana General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the State Budget Agency, and other relevant units of state government. The state relations team also works closely with other universities and higher education groups in Indiana.

Federal Relations
Federal Relations serves as the primary link to the federal government, working regularly with Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on matters that affect IU and higher education.

Access Indiana
The state's official Web portal provides information about government services and officials.

Indiana General Assembly
Through the official site of the Indiana General Assembly, you can watch sessions when the General Assembly is meeting, search bills and resolutions, research Indiana laws and administrative rules, and find information about your legislators.

American Democracy Project
IU Kokomo is actively participating in the American Democracy Project. Learn more about this initiative and related campus activities.

Other Online Resources

Contact My Legislator
This feature on the IU Government Relations site assists you in sending messages directly to your legislators.

HHE Action Alerts
Sign up to receive e-mail alerts about pending legislation that affects higher education.

Statehouse Report
This report is part of a series of updates on Indiana public policy and legislative affairs affecting Indiana University. It is issued weekly while the Indiana General Assembly is in session and as needed at other times of the year.

Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart (PVS) provides a comprehensive database about thousands of candidates and elected officials including the President, Congress, governors, and state legislators.

Register to Vote in Indiana
Download voter registration forms from the Indiana Secretary of State's Web site.

For more information

Please contact for more information:

Cathy Valcke
(765) 455-9485