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Cummings and Warren to Hold Middle Class Prosperity Project Forum at Howard University on “Tackling the Student Debt Crisis”

Apr 24, 2015
Press Release

MEDIA ADVISORY

Cummings and Warren to Hold Middle Class Prosperity Project Forum at Howard University on “Tackling the Student Debt Crisis”

Participants Include Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick, Student Loan Borrowers, and Experts

 

WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, April 27, 2015, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold the fourth in a series of congressional forums as part of the Middle Class Prosperity Project launched by the Members in February.

Monday’s forum, titled “Tackling the Student Debt Crisis,” will examine how rapidly increasing college costs and student loan debt threaten America’s middle class, with a particular focus on the challenges facing students at HBCUs, community colleges, and for-profit colleges.

Participants at Monday’s forum will include Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick, current and former college students grappling with the costs of higher education, and government and academic experts.  The forum will include a panel discussion followed by a town hall meeting moderated by President Frederick.

Ranking Member Cummings and Senator Warren launched the Middle Class Prosperity Project to examine the issues of greatest concern to the Middle Class and those who aspire to it.  Previous forums have examined the stagnation in middle class wages, the conflicts of interest in financial retirement advice, and student debt

 

WHAT:

Ranking Member Cummings and Senator Warren host Middle Class Prosperity Project forum on “Tackling the Student Debt Crisis.”

 

PANELISTS:

  • Rohit Chopra, CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman
  • Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
  • Tyrone Hankerson, Howard University Senior and Special Assistant to Howard University Executive Director for Student Financial Services
  • Latechia Mitchell, 2nd Grade Teacher, Montgomery County Maryland
  • Sharon Williams, Army Veteran and Former University of Phoenix Student

 

WHEN:

Monday, April 27, 2015

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Howard University

Founders Library Browsing Room

500 Howard Place, NW

Washington, DC 20059

114th Congress