Letters from our Executive Director

July: Letter from our Executive Director

July: Letter from our Executive Director

“Ensuring a diverse student body in higher education helps everyone, not just those who, due to their race, have directly inherited distinct disadvantages with respect to their health, wealth, and well-being.” –Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

April: Letter from our Executive Director

April: Letter from our Executive Director

Last week, I had the opportunity to be with a small group of our new Changemaker Fellows and some FAST Fund leaders at a convening of the University Professionals of Illinois, the union representing faculty and other academic support professionals on seven of the state’s public universities.

March 2022: Letter from our  Executive Director

March 2022: Letter from our Executive Director

“I can’t afford the parking decal.”

This comment from one of the students seeking emergency aid struck me, because when I was a student, I too was short of the funds for the parking pass, and so walked the mile between my apartment and campus every day. Like so many of our students, I didn’t consider myself “basic needs insecure,” I just thought I was living a romantic “broke college student” life.

But as we know, today, the cost of college has spiraled out of control.