This panel on “Evidence in Action: Reducing Racial Wealth Gaps through Effective Support for Public Higher Education” will explore the disproportionately negative impact of historical disinvestment in public colleges and universities for Black and Latinx young people and families. Using Illinois as a case study, we will examine the relationship between support for higher education, student loan debt, and racial wealth gaps and offer policies that have proven effective in making high quality public higher education more affordable through reinvigorated state support and renewed federal support.
Organized by the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in partnership with the Office of Management and Budget,
Amanda Lewis, Director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy & Distinguished Professor, Black Studies & Sociology at UIC
Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability & Arthur Rubloff Endowed Professor of Public Policy, Roosevelt University
Laura Hamilton, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced, & Co-founder, Higher Education, Race, and the Economy Lab
Louise Seamster, Assistant Professor in Sociology & Criminology & African American Studies, University of Iowa
Devin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History & Black Studies & Public Affairs, University of Missouri
Fructoso Basaldua, Graduate Student in Sociology, UIC
Matthew Soldner, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, U.S. Dept. of Education
Christina Ciocca Eller, Assistant Director of Evidence and Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy & Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies, Harvard University
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