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President Eddinger joins Boston Globe Op-Talk on how COVID-19 & race are reshaping higher ed

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On July 22, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, along with Roxbury Community College President Valerie Roberson, joined the Boston Globe’s Marcela García for a Globe Op-Talk titled, “Community Colleges in Crisis: How COVID-19 & race are reshaping higher education.”

During the talk, the college presidents discussed the current state and the future of community colleges in the midst of converging 2020 crises - what the pandemic and the racial justice protests have revealed about the students they serve, and what the path forward is for affordable higher education that serves communities of color.

"If we're going to look for economic development for the state -- and everybody tells me the community colleges are the backbone of workforce development, which we are -- if we're relying on our very poor students who are in the lowest two quintiles of income to pay for their education, the state is not going to get a workforce," Eddinger said during the panel.

Watch the full Globe Op-Talk below.