• What are you most excited about in the MI policy space? The opportunity for not only education on what policy work looks like in Michigan but actually have a chance here to make a difference, right now. With the flux we seem to be stuck in societally, many points of pain are felt by more and more. While this obviously negative, it does mean that a real push for change is called for, and thus opens windows of opportunity for to make positive change that goes beyond just myself, or even my generation. Policy can leave a legacy that uplifts its intent generations down the line, which gives me a sense of agency and enfranchisement I think one rarely feels surrounding each ‘the issue of the day.’
  • What impact would you like to leave in the higher Ed policy space? Ideally, I would have it where from from junior high school on, the continuous talk on post secondary education must be held in place by schools districts, counties and their commissioning board, and the state department of education. This must be paramount, as parents, if college educated to start, often do not know and wouldn’t reasonably know.
  • What is something you wish people knew about pursuing higher education in Michigan? I wish people knew Michigan post-secondary education system was so autonomous, as in the ability for where these institutions put dollar allocations by any source; federal, state, philanthropic or otherwise, there is no governing board requiring the funds to be used in a standardized way. This does not stop at financial patchwork; being no regulatory oversight in the way K-12 school does, the individual schools and what resources, staffing, teaching styles, and of course funding can be vastly different school district to school district. If we expect that some form of post secondary education is necessary for the world of tomorrow, we must have a clear transparency the efficacy of the education and the justification for the extreme costs one is likely to incur the further into post-secondary education they enter.