Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
Wednesday, October 2 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Equity and Access in Higher Education

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College tuition has risen at more than double the rate of inflation over the last 20 years, and student debt is disproportionately burdened by low-income students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and students of color. What new approaches can be effective in increasing access to higher education, specifically design education--at the grassroots, institutional, national, and global scales?

This panel addresses the ethical issues facing higher education in relation to issues of access and student debt. It explores how the structures of higher education may contribute to and reproduce systemic inequalities, addresses some of the ways educators are resisting the status quo in creative ways, and proposes some new paths forward to ensure more equitable access and support for students.

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Alan Collinge

Founder of Student Loan Justice and author of The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back.
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Nadia Williams

Assistant Professor of Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the Parsons Scholars Program, Parsons School of Design
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Nick Figueroa

Executive Director, College Visions
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Sugeni Pérez-Sadler

Senior Director, Postsecondary Policy Office of Safety and Youth Development

Faculty Organizer
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Rachel Schreiber

Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Dr. Rachel Schreiber joined The New School as Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design in July 2019, following more than 22 years in senior leadership and faculty roles at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, and other... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center - I202