Are you a first-generation college student? This NYTimes article published in April 8 provides a detailed look at what it means to be first-generation on some of America's most prestigious college campuses.
During the last week of February students from Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, California and others joined Young Invincibles for a National Week of Action for college affordability. Students rallied in their state capitols and advocated for affordable, accessible higher education in front of their state legislators. Take a look at some of our favorite shots!
Recently the administration at Washington University in St. Louis made a commitment to socioeconomic diversity at one of the nation's top schools. Washington University for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity, or WU/FUSED, wrote the following response to the university's decision.
Lauren Chase, one of the student leaders in our U/Fused network was quoted in a New York Times article about Washington University. As it stands, WashU is the least economically diverse of colleges near the top. She speaks of the struggles low-income students face and the isolation they feel "when their friends are all going out to dinner three times a week, or their student group is ordering expensive apparel every year, or their professors expect them to be able to buy expensive books each semester.”
On Thursday, October 23rd, Young Invincibles partnered with the University of Houston - Downtown Student Government Association for "Walk 2 Vote" where students pledged to flock to the polls for early voting. Partners engaged students on social media using the hashtag #W2V with appearances by special guests Mayor Annise Parker, Rapper Bun B, Hip Hop Artist Rocko Steady, and Sara Alavi.
By Tom Allison
People often ask how our Young Invincibles campaign to boost state investment in higher education – coined the Student Impact Project -- works. We empower students to talk with state lawmakers about policy solutions to complex problems in higher education. Recently in Virginia, our work led to a successful symposium that brought students, lawmakers and college administrators together to exchange ideas about college affordability and accessibility that could impact the state's 2015 legislative agenda.
By Rusty Mau
Article IX, Section 9, of the N.C. Constitution reads, “The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.” The General Assembly’s commitment to this mandate is the reason North Carolina has always been a national leader in providing affordable higher education to its residents.
On Wednesday, July 16 Young Invincibles hosted a higher education policy symposium with Delegate Rob Krupicka, Ed Trust, HCM Strategists and the Lumina Foundation at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Check out some of the highlights.
Young Invincibles collaborated with Women in Government to hold a student and legislator roundtable on Tuesday, June 3 in Portland, Oregon. Students representing Portland State University, the University of Oregon, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, and Portland Community College met with Senator Michael Dembrow, Representative Barbara Smith Warner and Representative Julie Parrish around issues of college access, affordability, and completion.