Access, choice, and equity in higher education;
college finance and affordability; federal and state involvement in pre-college and college education
Laura Perna has testified before Congress on college access and success, especially for low-income, first-generation, and non-traditional students. She has served as President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Chair of Penn’s Faculty Senate, and is the co-founder of Penn GSE’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD). Current projects focus on free tuition/promise programs and the institutional characteristics that predict bachelor’s degree completion for Pell Grant recipients.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”