HARRISBURG, April 15, 2014 — State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, Senate Democratic Whip; Sen. Shirley Kitchen, chair of the Philadelphia Delegation; and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public roundtable discussion at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Cheyney University.

As college becomes more expensive, it is harder, if not impossible, for underprivileged students from low income working families to continue their education after graduating from high school. The roundtable will examine possible solutions to this growing problem.

The following experts are scheduled to participate in the discussion:

  • Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, president, Cheyney University
  • Dr. Tara Kent, dean of Keystone Honors Academy, Cheyney University
  • Christine Zuzack, vice president of grants & special programs, PHEAA
  • Lois Johnson, associate vice chancellor for administration and finance, PA State System of Higher Ed
  • Patricia Bell, student, Cheyney University
  • Sam Hirsch, vice president of student affairs, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Steve Hicks, president, APSCUF
  • Stephen Burd, senior policy analyst, New America Foundation
  • Don Francis, president, Association Of Independent Colleges And Universities of Pennsylvania, and
  • Christopher Hanlon, director of financial aid, Albright College

Media coverage is encouraged.

WHO:             Sen. Anthony H. Williams, Senate Democratic Policy Committee to discuss college access, affordability

WHEN:          11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16

WHERE:        Marcus Foster Auditorium, Cheyney University,1837 University Circle, Cheyney




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