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Advocate for college access, affordability to speak at Beloit College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sara Goldrick-Rab presents a public lecture: “When America Goes to College: College Affordability, Opportunity and the American Dream” on Wednesday, April 15

Sara Goldrick-Rab, widely known for her research, articles, and activism on access to American higher education, will speak at Beloit College on Wednesday, April 15. Her talk, which is free of charge, will be held at 8 p.m. in the Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall.

Goldrick-Rab is founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, which was founded in 2014 to identify and remove barriers to college, especially among students from low-income families, students of color, and first-generation college students – groups that her research shows are still being left behind as overall college attendance grows. Her latest book, Re-inventing Student Aid for the 21st Century outlines opportunities to change financial aid policies and re-vamp support systems for low-income students to promote and propel their successful graduation from college. Goldrick-Rab is also a professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Goldrick-Rab comes to Beloit to serve as the keynote speaker for Beloit College’s Duffy Colloquium, part of the college’s Duffy Partnerships program, which connects students to meaningful, collaborative projects in the community. The program is also sponsored by the college’s sociology department, the Liberal Arts in Practice Center, TRiO program, the education and youth studies department, and the Black Lives Matter series at Beloit (#BlackLivesMatterBeloit).

For more information, contact Carol Wickersham, director of the Duffy Community Partnerships program, at wickersh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2023.