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SXSWedu 2017

March 2, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — Tuesday, March 7, Student Voice will bring students, activists and education influencers together at SXSWedu to discuss issues surrounding inequities in schools across America in a riveting panel discussion.

The State of Schools: Students Combating Inequity, a panel discussion, will be moderated by Student Voice’s National Field Director Andrew Brennen. This all-student panel will discuss how students in the U.S. are using their voice to change the status quo and combat inequity to achieve their scholastic aspirations. Panelists include Prichard Committee Student Voice Team Key Strategist Amanda Wahlstedt, Diverse Learners Coalition Co-Founder Ben Gurewitz, and Houston ISD Student Congress Founding Speaker Zaakir Tameez.

Student Voice’s national tour has found that students are struggling to reach their goals in the face of steep institutionalized inequity. While initiatives such as Affirmative Action, and scholarships, like the Gate’s Millennium Scholars, have made serious headway into decreasing the barriers many students must surmount in order to pursue an education, there are many students of color from low-income families, and/or with learning differences who have to contend with a system designed to keep them from realizing their dreams.

Additionally, SV will be hosting a Students at SXSWedu Meetup. We would like to invite students to come network, collaborate and ideate on the role of students in education and what they can do to begin fighting against current inequities.

About Student Voice

Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.

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