According to a July 2017 nation-wide report, 60 percent or more of the total cost of attending a college or university comes from expenses other than tuition, and the cost of living for college students has increased by more than 80 percent over the past 40 years. In a high-cost area such as Berkeley, affordability is especially acute and impacts many aspects of students' lives beyond the financial: housing and food insecurity, commute time, mental and emotional health, the ability to pay for course materials, working for money vs. doing research or taking on an internship, time for degree completion, and more. How do we address issues of equity and inclusion in light of these challenges—both in our classrooms and on campus in general? Hear from faculty and staff who are working to help address and alleviate these issues. Learn about campus resources, and join in a discussion about what we, as individuals and as a campus, can and should do.
Kristina Hill, College of Environmental Design
Jovan Scott-Lewis, Geography and African American Studies
Rachael Samberg, Library Scholarly Communications