State Rep. Will Guzzardi shared his priorities for the upcoming legislative session and thoughts on higher ed policy.read more
Advocating for bold policies that improve college success and eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in college access, persistence, and completion.
To realize our state’s degree attainment goals, equitably increase enrollment and completion at our public institutions, and drive economic mobility, state leaders must intentionally and strategically align goals, policies, investments, and actions to improve access to college, decrease the cost of a degree, dismantle barriers to student success, and eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities that exist across these areas. This is where the Partnership for College Completion comes in.
Our policy work follows three principles of action that will spark and accelerate the pace of transformation within Illinois’ higher education system. The policies associated with each can work in concert to not only increase equitable access, affordability, and accountability, but focus Illinois’ higher education system on serving the evolving needs of its students.
In the past year alone, PCC has advanced state policy to reform developmental education and launch an effort to develop an equity-centered funding formula for public universities.
Students of all races, economic backgrounds, and geographic locations deserve access to high-quality postsecondary education that is aligned with their educational and career aspirations.Learn more
Attending Illinois’ colleges and universities should be debt-free for students from low-income families and affordable for all Illinoisans.Learn more
Accountability mechanisms must be strengthened to provide Illinois students with affordable and equitable access to high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials.Learn more
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Community Engagement Manager
I support my team’s work by bringing the research and data to life and making sure it translates to communities. All while educating and empowering stakeholders to take this information, fuse it with their own lived experiences and elevate their voices to end the inequitable disparities that have burdened Illinois college students.
I’m a second generation college graduate and don’t take that privilege lightly. I want to make sure my work creates pathways for those coming after me. It is my duty to raise my voice and advocate for injustices and inequities even if the issue doesn’t directly affect me.
I wanted to be a voice, so I studied Journalism at Columbia College Chicago. Working with high school students and witnessing their struggles, I had to do more. Knowing my work couldn’t just impact one student, but many, I pursued a Master of Arts in Public Policy from National Louis University.
Government Affairs Manager
As the Government Affairs Manager, I educate members of the Illinois General Assembly on issues that impact equitable college access and completion. I also monitor the political environment, manage relationships with state policymakers, and identify opportunities to promote state and local policies that improve equity in higher education.
I’m a higher education advocate because I know the power of an advanced degree. For too long, Black, Brown, and low-income people have been locked out of higher education because of the soaring increase in tuition, looming student loans with high-interest rates and fees, and minimal support in state and federal aid.
I first became interested in higher education policy as a Research Associate for CTBA. Seeing the disparities among the public universities during the budget impasse, I co-authored a report to highlight the decade trend of disinvestment that predated it. Years later, I’m still passionate and committed to making higher education obtainable, accessible, and affordable for those who seek it.
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