Congresswoman Susan Davis Hears from Local Education Leaders at Her Higher Education Roundtable
SAN DIEGO – As the new Ranking Member of the Higher Education Subcommittee, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) hosted local education leaders to listen to their ideas on improving our higher education system. Davis will play a key role in shaping higher education policy, especially with a possible reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon.
“If we are going to have world class higher education opportunities, it’s critical to hear from people on the ground working to educate our students,” said Rep. Davis. “The partnership between community colleges, public and private universities, and industry leaders in San Diego is a great example of what we need to do across the country to help prepare a globally competitive workforce.”
The panel of experts on the Higher Education Roundtable included: Antionette Marbary, Associate Vice President at San Diego State University; Denise Serrano Director of Public Affairs for University of California: San Diego; Dr. Thomas Herrinton, Vice Provost of University of San Diego; Pamela Luster, President of San Diego Mesa College; Denise Whisenhunt, President of San Diego City College; Nora Vargas, Governing Board Member of Southwestern College; Bernie Rhinerson, Trustee of San Diego Community College District; Daron Woods, Student Trustee at City College; Ava Fakhrabadi, Student Trustee at Miramar College; Nada Dibas, VP of Public Affairs, Associated Student Organization at Southwestern College.
The discussion ranged from college affordability, expanding the definition of higher education pathways, ensuring a safe learning environment with key Title IX protections, the impact of the Muslim ban on students, and ensuring the needs of our veterans are being met when it comes to higher education opportunities.
As a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforces, Davis has been a tireless advocate for increasing access to an affordable college degree, especially to low-income students, women and minorities, and veterans.
Davis is also working to make campuses a safe learning environment. Davis has sponsored legislation to require colleges to establish an on-campus office to provide resources for survivors of campus sexual assault. Most California universities have responded to Davis legislation by doing just that.