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A Conversation on Higher Education & Social Mobility

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Lamar University – Mary and John Gray Library

4400 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Beaumont, TX 77705

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Postsecondary education in Texas is supposed to help lift all students and prepare them to succeed in their professional lives. But how are Texas’ colleges and universities performing when it comes to lower-income students? The University of Texas at Austin made national headlines this year when it announced it would cover tuition for undergraduate students with family incomes below $65,000, a program similar to one already in place at Texas A&M. But what equity-minded solutions are happening at other Texas schools? What are the innovative support services being utilized to prevent dropouts and help students balance school with other responsibilities such as work and parenting? How are schools innovating to make sure they’re helping students prepare for labor market demands? How are four-year universities and community colleges communicating and individually addressing the needs of lower-income students?

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on our livestream for a conversation on higher education and social mobility, moderated by Ayan Mittra, editor of The Texas Tribune.

Our panelists will include:

  • Kenneth Evans, president of Lamar University
  • Millicent Valek, president of Brazosport College
  • Ashley Williams, economic opportunity policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

Additional panelists will be added shortly.

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This event will be held in the Julia Plummer Room, located on the 8th Floor of the Mary and John Gray Library at Lamar University in Beaumont (campus map). The event is free and open to the public and includes a light lunch. Lunch and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the conversation at noon. Complimentary visitor parking is available in the lot in front of the Library.


The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more and become a member at texastribune.org.

This series of events is supported by The Trellis Foundation, the Texas Association of Community Colleges, Pearson, Educate Texas, One World Strategy Group, and it is hosted by Lamar University. Foundation support is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Sid Richardson Foundation, the Texas Rural Funders Collaborative and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.

Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite The Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

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4400 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

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