UnKoch My Campus: Resisting the Political Corruption of Higher Education

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2017

Koch funding is infiltrating our nation’s universities at an unprecedented rate. This is because, by Charles Koch’s own admission, universities are his most important resources for achieving political control. This panel will demonstrate how Koch funding at nearly 400 universities is helping him secretly buy influence over local, state and federal policymaking. We will highlight how Koch is stripping power from faculty, corrupting the education students are going into debt to receive, and using their control of academia to attack our democracy. Participants will gain an understanding of how Koch’s strategy impacts their issue areas of interest and learn grassroots tactics for successfully disrupting this corruption of our universities.
  • Submitted by: Samantha Parsons
  • Moderator: Ralph Wilson
  • Panelists: Laura Wright, David Harer, Chad Stanton, Mark Hammond

Tags: Koch, Education, Corporatization

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

The Koch network is using their influence in higher education to attack every value the progressive movement holds dear. This panel will demonstrate how a strategic theory of change can yield high returns in a short amount of time over an expansive set of issues that make this campaign intersectional at its core. Our tactics and policy models are applicable to resisting many forms of corporate influence, not just that of Koch, so lessons learned are widely applicable.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

UnKoch My Campus’ theory of change provides innovative techniques for successfully identifying and disrupting the Koch network’s political strategy at the local, state and national levels. By featuring diverse perspectives from stakeholders on campus and in the wider community, this session will help everyone understand where they fit into this model of resistance and provide resources on how individuals and organizations can get involved.

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