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Rally for Higher Education to be held virtually Feb. 26

Emily WileyThe annual Rally for Higher Education at the Kentucky State Capitol will be held virtually on Friday, Feb. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  

The event is hosted by the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents (BSBP) and allows students from across the Commonwealth to voice their concerns about education issues to state leaders. Morehead State Student Government Association President Emily Wiley, a senior agriculture business major from London, organized the event as part of her duties as vice-chair of the BSBP. Her goal was to ensure that students take away a more confident sense of advocacy for their university and community.  

“This is the one event each year that gives student leaders across the state the opportunity to talk about what really matters to them and how to advocate in an effective way,” Wiley said.   

Governor Andy Beshear will be the event’s keynote speaker. Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, will also speak during the event. Following Beshear and Thompson’s speeches, the BSBP is hosting panels with experts on topics such as diversity and inclusion, how to address politicized divides on campuses, how to move forward during COVID-19, mental health and more to inform students about how these issues are being addressed at schools in Kentucky. Following the sessions, students will meet virtually with their legislators to discuss what higher education means to them and why it should be a priority to their representatives.   

“I have attended the Rally for Higher Education since I was a freshman here at MSU,” Wiley said. “As a first-generation college student, I heavily value the importance of furthering my education and how it will impact my future. Whether you are in a leadership organization or not, it is important to advocate for your community, and this event is a great first step to doing so.”  

For more information about the rally, contact Wiley at  

To learn more about Morehead State’s Student Government Association, visit  

Watch a video of the rally