Session Type(s): Caucus
Starts: Friday, Aug. 11 9:00 AM (Eastern)
Ends: Friday, Aug. 11 10:15 AM (Eastern)
How can we focus on resisting the regressive agenda of the Trump administration if we are pulled away from our efforts by worrisome student debt? Many advocates, bloggers, tech experts and supporters who attend Netroots are unaware of free federal student loan repayment options that could save them from financial distress. It doesn’t have to be this way. Student Debt Crisis would like to empower our progressive peers to better manage their student debt and give them the freedom to tackle the issues that matter most. Join this hour-long session to learn more about student loan repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and loan default. Stick around for the Q&A and ask your own student loan questions.
Since 2009, Natalia has been an advocate and leader for the national student debt crisis. She co-founded Student Debt Crisis in 2012. Her work has given Natalia the opportunity to connect personally with student loan borrowers and focus on driving policy solutions through online campaigning. The goal is to turn student debt and affordable education into a winning electoral issue.
In 2011, she started Occupy Colleges as a response to the economic injustices students were dealing with from high tuition increases to lack of financial aid. During her tenure at Occupy Colleges, Natalia organized one of the largest college protest since the 1970’s.
Ask Natalia about how to tackle your student debt!
Cody Hounanian is the Program Director of Student Debt Crisis (SDC) where he has tackled such issues as for-profit colleges, student loan refinancing and consumer protection policies. Hounanian maintains the organization’s social media presence and online engagement, speaking to and on behalf of those struggling with excessive student loan debt. Hounanian has written about the need for fair educational loan policies for The Nation and Blue Nation Review. He has also spoken about the impact of rising student loan debt with the New York Times, NBC, BBC, Fusion, and MarketWatch.
As a student at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2012, Hounanian worked with Congresswoman Lois Capps’ (D-CA 24) successful re-election campaign, mobilizing student voters in record numbers. Hounanian received his B.A. from UCSB in Political Science, International Relations.