Press Release

SXSWedu 2017

Ian Coon
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 completely student-run, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization inspired by the premise that all students should have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Student Voice strengthens the student movement by empowering students to take action on issues that most impact their education. Our mission is realized by amplifying, aggregating and accelerating student voices. For more information about Student Voice, visit, follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on Twitter and Instagram and like our page on Facebook.

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