BOSTON -- In support of Public Higher Education Advocacy Day in the Commonwealth on Tuesday, March 5, groups from various public higher education institutions throughout Massachusetts traveled to the State House in Boston to voice their support for public higher education.
Among that group were eight MCLA students: Jason Brown of Templeton, Catt Chaput of Leominster, Shauna Dacus of Mashpee, Nathan Gutman of Adams, Emily Minns of Gardner, Brendan Peltier of Worcester, Dan Peluso of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Aloysius Street of Worcester. MCLA students had an opportunity to talk with legislators about their experiences at the College, and the impact education has had on their lives. In addition, students spoke of the need to maintain financial aid and scholarships to ensure students throughout the Commonwealth will have continued access to an affordable and quality education.
For Dacus, who will graduate this year, the visit to the State House was a memorable one. "I was proud to represent MCLA and share my personal experience with Massachusetts senators and representatives who were available," she said.
Brown, who is president of the Student Government Association, said he hopes these important conversations will continue. "I look forward to the continued dialogue between the students of the Commonwealth and our elected representatives as we move forward in making Massachusetts a leader in college affordability and public higher education.