Niswongercare Director Selected As A Member Advocacy Fellow By The National College Attainment Network
The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) is thrilled to announce a class of NCAN Member Advocacy Fellows — 33 college attainment practitioners, who, over the next year, will engage in national higher education policy discussions. Among those selected was, Denise Arnold, Director of NiswongerCARE.
Each of the fellows have recruited two current college students to join them in this advocacy work. These 66 students collectively represent powerful voices to inform lawmakers of the great impact policy decisions can have on college access, affordability, and attainment. Niswonger Scholars, Jasmine Martin and Gustavo Castillo were chosen as the student fellows who will work alongside Ms. Arnold.
Both the staff and student fellows recently engaged in NCAN’s 2020 #Thankful4Pell #DoublePell Advocacy Week Campaign (Nov. 16-20). This campaign centered on expressing to Congress how important the Pell Grant is to student success, and how doubling the maximum award would help restore the purchasing power of this crucial federal aid.
Through this new fellowship, our team, representing the Niswonger Foundation, will support NCAN’s efforts to advocate, in the shared mission to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.
NCAN thanks the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its generous support of our federal policy advocacy program.