On Wednesday, April 15, Ethan Senack, US Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) federal higher education advocate, spoke to GUCD members about his student loan reform and advocacy work. GUCD’s Student Loan Advocacy Team and Speakers’ Team co-organized this speaker event to raise awareness on issues related to student loan reform. Members learned about both the grassroots outreach and the Congressional lobbying side of political advocacy. Mr. Senack also gave valuable guidance to GUCD’s Student Loan Advocacy Team for further advocacy ideas.
In addition to speaking on student loan reform, Mr. Senack also discussed his own experience working in nonprofit, grassroots organizing with PIRG. Mr. Senack began working with PIRG as a canvasser and student organizer in college. Besides advocating on higher education issues, Mr. Senack also directed the New Voters Project to increase voter turnout and directed the Washington, DC campaign office.