This three-part virtual event series explored trends in postsecondary affordability and student loans, as well as solutions to college debt challenges in Texas.
Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Asset Funders Network and Educate Texas
Day 1: The Past: How We Got Here
Thursday, Sept. 24 · 10–11:30 a.m.
A look at the historical inequities in postsecondary education policy, as well as state policy decisions that contributed to the present-day student debt crisis in Texas. View the recording
10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Alfreda B. Norman, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 10:10 a.m. Mini Talk: Debt in Texas Overview Alfreda B. Norman
Julie Eklund, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (presentation)
10:25 a.m. Students’ Lived Experiences with Debt Simon Marquez, Young Invincibles 10:30 a.m. Panel Session Charles Contero-Puls, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Denisa Gandara, Southern Methodist University
Jenny Achilles, Trellis Foundation
Moderator: Ashley Williams, Every Texan
11:20 a.m. Student Perspective Simon Marquez 11:25 a.m. Closing Remarks Karen Murrell, Asset Funders Network
Day 2: The Present: Where We Are Today
Tuesday, Sept. 29 · 10–11:30 a.m.
An interactive discussion about the racial disparities in student loan debt and borrower outcomes. View the recording.
|10 a.m.||Welcome and Session Overview|
|Wende Burton, Communities Foundation of Texas|
|Adam Ordaz, Young Invincibles|
|10:15 a.m.||Mini Talk: Exploring The Unseen in Student Debt|
|Aurora Harris, Young Invincibles|
|10:20 a.m.||Student Debt Iceberg Model
|Kiran Sidhu, Center for Responsible Lending
Cat Goughnour, Prosperity Now
Pedro Lira, Jolt Texas
|11:20 a.m.||Q&A and Remarks|
|Don Baylor, Annie E. Casey Foundation|
|11:25 a.m.||Closing Remarks|
- Supporting Texas Young Adults During Crisis and Beyond
- Quicksand: Borrowers of Color & the Student Debt Crisis
- Communicating on Race and Racial Economic Equity
- Addressing Debt in Black Communities
- Exploring Racial Economic Equity in Policy and Advocacy
- Lose the Loans: 2019 Overview of the Student Debt Crisis in Texas
Day 3: The Future: Where We Want to Go
Thursday, Oct. 1 · 9–10:30 a.m.
An exchange of ideas and strategies gaining traction to address student debt and college affordability. View the recording.
|9 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Remarks|
|Roy C. Lopez, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas|
|9:06 a.m.||Panel 1: Reducing Existing Student Debt|
|Raquan Wedderburn, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
Katherine Welbeck, Student Borrower Protection Center
Moderator: Yvette Ruiz, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
|9:45 a.m.||Panel 2: College Affordability|
|Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, Amarillo College
Dr. Chris Dowdy, Paul Quinn College
Moderator: Todd Penner, Dell Foundation
|10:25 a.m.||Closing Remarks|
|Annika Little, Asset Funders Network|
This series is made possible by support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Texas Women’s Foundation and Charles Schwab Bank. Thank you to contributing partners Every Texan, Texas Appleseed, Texas Fair Defense Project and Young Invincibles.