Keynotes

 
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Wes Moore

Author Wes Moore’s moving life journey from wayward inner-city youth to decorated veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, and business leader is the subject of the motion picture, The Other Wes Moore from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey. Based on his New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of how educational opportunities, strong parental influence, mentors and a community support network helped him transcend the fate of a man with the same name who lived just blocks away and took a tragically different path, to prison. Moore is the Chief Executive of The Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation’s largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty, and founder of BridgeEdu, which supports students as they navigate higher education. Previously, he worked on Wall Street, and served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He is also a retired decorated combat veteran and officer who served a tour of duty in the elite 82nd Airborne division of the United States Army in Afghanistan. Moore is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he earned a MLitt in International Relations and Affairs.

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Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D.

Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. In 2016, POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book is Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s mission is to identify novel approaches to making higher education accessible and affordable. She is recognized as one of the architects of President Obama’s free college proposal, America’s College Promise, and has helped craft state and federal legislation to lower the price of college across the country. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from George Washington University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.