Does Higher Education Matter?

Higher education is considered essential for individuals seeking employment opportunities, social and cultural advancement, and a more secure financial future. No matter your background or privilege, a college degree is automatically assumed to multiply your opportunities. But in the current cycles of escalating tuition costs, ballooning student loan debt, and a crumbling secondary education infrastructure in Oregon, we have an increasing need to examine the purposefulness and meaningfulness of higher education in our day-to-day lives. Join educator and activist Paul Susi in a discussion that will examine our assumptions and values around education and its impact on our lives.


Paul Susi | Portland

Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator, and performing artist based in Portland. Paul cofounded The Color of Now, a live discussion series focusing on race and privilege in Portland and served as manager for the innovative Peace 2 Shelter for self-identified men experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland. He serves as cochair of the board of directors for the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition; he is the operations director for Shakespeare in the Park; and he is a program leader for the Outdoor School, where he goes by the camp name “Badger.”

Program Themes

Economics , Education

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