Chris Kyker speaks about political advocacy

Posted January 26, 2011

Chris Kyker, a defender of rights for the elderly and disabled, will be on campus Thursday, Jan. 27, to speak to students about how they can make a difference in the political world.

In her talk (“Advocacy and Aging”), Kyker will discuss some of the tools and necessary skills of an advocate and share personal experience about working to pass specific laws regarding senior citizens.

"Her goal is to challenge students to get involved in the political arena at all levels," says Sue Garcia, administrative coordinator of the Pruett Gerontology Center.

Kyker has a long history of championing the elderly. In February 2007, she was presented the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award by Gov. Rick Perry for her years of advocacy in the Silver-Haired Legislature. She has also served the Abilene community through more than 30 volunteer offices.

The Pruett Gerontology Center and ACU's Department of Political Science have cooperated to bring Kyker to campus. All are welcome at 3 p.m. event in ACU's Campus Center Living Room, Thursday, Jan. 27.