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

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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

  1. 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

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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
10:05 a.m. Introduction
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

  • Patterns of Behavior
  • Structures of the System
  • Mental Models
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
Don Baylor

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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

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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.