"Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, And the Betrayal Of the American Dream" Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies, Temple University Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia PLATFORM Sun 3/26, 11am
If you are a young person, and you work hard enough, you can get a college degree and set yourself on the path to a good life, right? Not necessarily, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and in this talk she will show exactly why. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it. Goldrick-Rab will reveal the devastating effect of these shortfalls: huge numbers of students drop out of school every year not with a degree, but with crippling debt. To fix this problem, she will offer a range of possible solutions, from technical improvements to the financial aid application process, to a bold “first degree free” program. What’s not an option is doing nothing, and continuing to crush the college dreams of a generation of young people. ... See MoreSee Less
"Reproductive Rights 2017" Emily Kader, Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health & NIRH Action Fund Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture PLATFORM Sun 3/26, 11am
The current landscape: anti-choice lawmakers in the White House, Congress and state legislatures across the country attempting to dismantle reproductive rights and access. These changes target those populations that are already marginalized in our society, including women of color and low-income individuals. The speaker will focus on what the reproductive rights and justice movements look like in 2017 and what we are fighting for. She will discuss the importance of state and local action to protect reproductive rights and health, and what we all can do this year to help pass meaningful state legislation that will advance abortion rights and contraceptive access in New York State.
Emily Kadar is the Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund. In that role, she lobbies for proactive, pro-choice policy in New York State and City and manages the organization’s electoral activity. Prior to joining the National Institute in 2012, Emily was part of the federal government relations team at the Center for Reproductive Rights and organized young activists as a National Campus Organizer at the Feminist Majority Foundation. ... See MoreSee Less