College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections
Thursday, February 6,
3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For campus-wide parking, view the UNH Parking Map.
Accessible parking and access: Accessible parking located in the Campus Crossing Parking Lot.
An elevator located at the back entrance of Huddleston (ground floor) will take you to the 1st Floor/Ballroom.
Join us Thursday, February 6, for the College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections event, held in the UNH Huddleston Hall Ballroom. The Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH’s Campus Living Association, and The Institute for College Access & Success have partnered to bring this event to the Durham campus to explore the challenge of college affordability, how this issue is playing out on the campaign trail, and how it might be addressed by whomever is in the White House in 2021.
Speakers include presidential candidates of both parties, U.S. legislators, and political and college affordability experts. All presidential candidates from both parties were invited to speak.
Watch the entire event or drop in to see a candidate or two. Also, be sure to share your photos and video from the event using the hashtag #CollegeCosts2020.
Primary Series Speaker Biographies
Rep. Gabbard is the first female combat veteran to run for President and one of the first elected to Congress. She is a major in the Army National Guard, having served for 16 years and been deployed twice to the Middle East. In Congress, Gabbard has sat on the Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services committees, in addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Venture for America. From 2000 to 2009, he worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as either a founder or executive officer. In 2012, he was selected as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration and, in 2015, as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.”
Senator Michael Bennet currently serves as the senior U.S. Senator from Colorado. He has served in this capacity since 2009 and has sat on the U.S. Senate committees for Finance and for Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Bennet previously oversaw the Denver Public Schools as superintendent of schools, and he served as counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States under the Clinton administration.
Presidential candidate Bill Weld is a former two-term Governor of Massachusetts, elected in 1990 and then again in 1994. He was the first Republican to be elected Governor of Massachusetts in 20 years and was ranked the most fiscally conservative governor in the country by The Wall Street Journal and the Cato Institute. Prior to being elected governor, Weld served as the United States Attorney for Massachusetts and as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division.
Presidential candidate Deval Patrick served as Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. He was the state’s first black Governor. By the end of his second term, Massachusetts ranked first in the nation in energy efficiency, healthcare coverage, and student achievement. Prior to successfully running a campaign for Massachusetts governor, Patrick graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School; served on the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; and led the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues like racial profiling, police misconduct, and prisoner abuse.