The Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich has announced a student-focused Policy Workshop Series this spring designed to engage college students in the policymaking process. The event consists of a series of four workshops in March and April.

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During the workshops, college students from across New Mexico will participate in experiential learning about federal policymaking; helping to conceptualize, formulate, and propose specific policies. The series includes an orientation, four (4) workshops, and a final event that will ultimately help students gain a better understanding of the inner-workings of congressional policy development. Each workshop is designed to introduce students to different brainstorming, research, development, and review processes of legislative policy development, as well as prepare them for the final presentation event.

Students will have the opportunity to engage with the Senator’s staff, interns, and other students from around the state in the development of their own federal policy proposal in one of four issues areas: (1) Immigration; (2) Clean Energy; (3) Public Education; or (4) Criminal Justice Reform.


  • Monday, March 15 (5-6 p.m.) - Orientation
  • Friday, March 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) - Brainstorming & Discovery Workshop
  • Friday, March 26 (2-3:30 p.m.) - Research & Development Workshop
  • Friday, April 2 (2-3:30 p.m.) - Searching for Stakeholders Workshop
  • Week of April 12-16 (TBD) - Final Presentation

This Policy Workshop Series is open to interested undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in New Mexico’s higher education institutions. The series will be hosted virtually, beginning with an orientation on Monday, March 15.

For more information and to signup, visit Policy Workshop Series Tickets | Eventbrite. This registration page serves all 5 events.

For student questions email Nicole Larrañaga at