Advisory: Lawmakers and Administrators to Discuss State of NYC Higher Education
Forum featuring State Senator Robert Jackson, New York Regent Lester Young, and President of the Hispanic Federation Jose Calderon will discuss the challenges facing NYC’s young people and present a roadmap to improve education equity.
On Tuesday, October 22, New York City state legislators, higher education leaders, and local organizations will host a forum on the state of NYC’s higher education and discuss solutions to ensure every young New Yorker — regardless of ZIP code, income, or any other factor — can get a quality, affordable higher education. Titled “Breaking Barriers: Equity in Higher Education in New York City,” the roundtable will include a presentation of a blueprint for closing higher education gaps from #DegreesNYC, a project dedicated to achieving equity in postsecondary access and completion in New York City.
Speakers at the forum will include State Senator Robert Jackson, New York State Regent Lester W. Young, President of the Hispanic Federation Jose Calderon, and CUNY University Dean of K-16 Initiatives Cass Conrad. The event will be hosted at the Hispanic Federation in Manhattan.
The blueprint, which is titled “Blueprint for Collective Action on Postsecondary Access and Success in New York City,” was developed over three years of discussions and workshops with cross-sector stakeholders. The result covers four overarching recommendations to increase postsecondary success and access. They include:
- Making postsecondary education affordable by increasing funding for postsecondary education and improving state financial aid processes
- Building true pathways from two-year to four-year degrees by increasing support for students as they transfer to senior colleges
- Increasing data and accountability in higher education by fostering systemwide agreement on key indicators of progress and creating and leveraging data systems to measure success
- Elevating college access, success supports, and accessibility by engaging New York City’s families and creating programs that support students towards success
Forum speakers may be made available for media interviews before or after the event upon request. New York City students will also be available for interview upon request. Interviews will be available in both English and Spanish.
The event is open to the public, and members of the media are encouraged to attend.
***To schedule an interview with a forum participant or a NYC student, members of the media must email Paydon Miller at email@example.com***
What: “Breaking Down Barriers: Equity in Higher Education in New York City” forum with New York state legislators, higher education leaders, and local organizations on the state of NYC’s higher education
New York State Senator Robert Jackson
New York State Regent Lester W. Young, Jr.
President of the Hispanic Federation Jose Calderon
CUNY University Dean of K-16 Initiatives Cass Conrad
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3 – 5 PM ET
Where: Hispanic Federation
55 Exchange Place, Suite 501
New York City, NY 10005
How: Attendees can register for the event here.
Members of the media are asked to RSVP by emailing Paydon Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org