Low Income Students
Petition to Kathleen McCartney, Smith College Board of Trustees
First-Generation & Low-Income Student Center at Smith College
About a quarter of Smith College's students have been identified as being first generation college students and 5.8% of students come from the bottom 20 percent. Brown University and the University of Chicago have prioritized the needs of their first gen and low-income students by creating centers, such as seen in Brown's First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center. Smith's administration has repeatedly claimed that it values diversity, but has not given these students an actual space to organize for themselves in. It is time for Smith to give first-generation and low-income students a space of their own.
Petition to Tyler Ealy, Upward Bound, TRIO
Do not cut the TRIO programs.
I am a 17 year old Upward Bound student at Bowdoin College. I am on leadership council at my Upward Bound. I am a low income student who's family lives paycheck to paycheck. I struggle with PTSD as well as ADD and social anxiety. I never believed I had the potential to become a College student until I joined my UB program in my sophomore year. I was always made fun of and bullied for being a low income student who dreamed of something more than working at my local Walmart. This program just didn't do this for me, it has done it for everyone who has joined the TRIO program. Imagine my surprise when I opened up my Facebook news today and saw our President, Donald J. Trump, is purposing a $96 Million dollar budget cut. I had just went to our State House in Maine to prevent a cut. Now it's coming from the top, please on behalf of my peers and my respected Alumni, don't let, this happen, don't wait for it, be proactive and protect our students and the Education system.