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The JCSU Voice Was Heard at Conversations with the Next Generation

National Journal and The Atlantic hosted on Wednesday, Sept. 5, Conversations with the Next Generation, a town hall for college students and young Americans, during the height of the Democratic National Convention. Sponsored by Microsoft, the town hall took place at Discovery Place Theater in Charlotte and was geared for those interested in engaging youth in the election process and finding the best way to approach youth political outreach. 

Representatives from the media, politicians, business and social policy experts attended the event featuring actress and Voto Latino leader America Ferrera; Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter and JCSU student Charles Hauser; MTV correspondent Andrew Jenks; actor and former White House Associate Director Kal Penn; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; StudentsFirst’s Michelle Rhee; Ourtime.org president and cofounder Matthew Segal; and Young Democrats of America President Rod Snyder. 

During their segment of the town hall, Carter and Hauser responded to questions from the audience and moderator Chelsea Clinton of NBC around the topics of college costs, job opportunities and education quality. Carter stressed a point about the erosion of the Pell Grant and the need to continue financial support to a new majority that will become tomorrow’s leaders. The purpose of higher education, Carter said, needs to be defined as we talk about quality.

Hauser talked about how involved he and his peers have been during this election year and what it takes to engage students today. Hauser, who is a senior, plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree. Like many of his peers, he has worked during college to help pay for his education but relies on student loans to complete his education. Hauser also completed a research fellowship in graphic design last summer at the University of California-Berkley. 

Carter and Hauser are pictured on the National Journal home page in a photo gallery of the event. Conversations with the Next Generation came to Charlotte from Tampa where students voiced their opinions during the Republican National Convention. 

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