As a part of a larger initiative by the Obama administration to get in touch with young Americans, UNC will host a town-hall style forum.
Led by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, the forum follows President Barack Obama’s announcement of a new initiative aimed at increasing college affordability, among other issues mentioned in the State of the Union address.
“It provides an opportunity for Carolina stakeholders to engage a member of the Obama administration and to better understand some of their policies,” said Miles Lackey, director of UNC’s Office of Federal Affairs.
“It also provides stakeholders with opportunities to voice concerns and pose questions.”
The White House will pay for the visit.
The event will cover a wide range of issues, said Student Body President Mary Cooper.
“Student debt — UNC has a unique and valued perspective on that,” Cooper said. “To any college student, that is the most relevant thing.”
The Office of Federal Affairs, student government and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp organized the event.
Cooper notified many student organizations to involve a range of students in the forum.