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Elevating Student Voices: Advancing Equity Through College Affordability

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On May 21st, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is hosting our 2019 National Policy Summit. At the event, IHEP will share insights from our upcoming affordability report and providing an opportunity for policymakers and experts in the field to hear directly from students about the affordability challenges they face and ways to support today's students.
 
During the summit, IHEP will be convening a series of panels and breakout sessions to discuss existing financial barriers to college access and potential affordability solutions. The panels will cover topics including state and federal financial aid programs, transfer as an affordability strategy, and non-tuition costs. Discussions will feature perspectives from federal, state, and institutional policy experts, as well as perspectives from students who are featured in an upcoming IHEP report.
 
Featured speakers and panelists 
 
Welcoming Remarks
  • Michelle Asha Cooper – President, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
  • Mamie Voight – Vice President of Policy Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
 
Student Stories of College Affordability 
  • Danette Howard (moderator) – Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundation
  • Yuderka Cruceta – Student, Lehman College of The City University of New York
  • Nada Elhawary – Student, George Mason University  
  • DeJoiry McKenzie-Simmons – Student, Howard University  
 
Breakout Sessions  
 
The Role of States in Improving Affordability & Advancing Equity 
  • Amanda Janice Roberson (moderator) – Assistant Director of Research and Policy, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
  • Yuderka Cruceta – Student, Lehman College of The City University of New York
  • Melanie D’Evelyn – Director, Detroit Drives Degrees at Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Michele Siqueiros – President, The Campaign for College Opportunity
 
Navigating Transfer Pathways as an Affordability Strategy 
  • Leanne Davis (moderator) – Assistant Director of Applied Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
  • Cathryn Camp – Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Prince George’s Community College
  • Coleen Gabhart – Student, Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette
  • Juana Hernandez – Senior Manager, Postsecondary Initiatives, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce/UNITE-LA
  • Justin Underwood – Student, Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus
 
More than Tuition and Fees: The Burden of Non-Tuition Costs  
  • Eleanor Eckerson Peters (moderator) – Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
  • Nada Elhawary – Student, George Mason University 
  • DeJoiry Mckenzie-Simmons – Student, Howard University
  • Dawn Medley – Associate Vice President for Enrollment, Wayne State University
  • Wayne Taliaferro – Strategy Officer for Finance and Federal Policy, Lumina Foundation
 
Lunch & Keynote Address
  • Michael Sorrell – President, Paul Quinn College
 
Policy Pathways to College Affordability  
  • Scott Jaschik (moderator) – Editor, Inside Higher Ed
  • Stanley Andrisse – Executive Director and Founder, From Prison Cells to PhD 
  • José Luis Cruz – President, Lehman College of The City University of New York
  • Wil Del Pilar – Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust
  • Zakiya Smith Ellis – Secretary of Higher Education, State of New Jersey
 
Closing Remarks  
  • Robert Anderson  President, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)