To ensure the continued success and viability of any profession, it is critical that individuals entering the field are aware of legislative and regulatory issues that may be impeding day-to-day practice. It is equally as important that such future practitioners are well versed in potential “fixes” or solutions that may be employed and are being advanced by the professional association to remove barriers. Cultivating advocacy skills in future audiologists is essential not only for the purposes of advancing the goals of the profession but also for the development of the American Academy of Audiology (Academy) leaders. Advocacy skills place an emphasis on presenting a cogent position or “ask,” developing and employing compelling arguments for the position, and finally, “connecting the dots” or explaining why the requested position or change would be in the best interest of all parties. This skill set is critical not only in appealing to elected officials and policy makers but also in gaining consensus and support among one’s peers and colleagues and necessary to drive consensus as an Academy volunteer leader. It is for all these reasons that the Academy strongly supports the efforts of audiology student advocates. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!