Emilee O’Brien is a Fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Transformation at Georgetown University. Prior to her fellowship at the Shanker Institute, she was the Post Baccalaureate Fellow for Social Justice and Community-Engaged Learning at Furman University, where she developed an intergroup dialogue program and an alternative spring break experience. Her interests in equity within the field of education include comprehensive sex education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and student advocacy. Emilee earned a B.A. in Political Science and Poverty Studies from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where she was a state certified Victim Advocate and co-chaired the University Title IX Committee.
In this policy brief, four prominent scholars examine how public colleges and universities, after decades of underfunding, can cope with projected budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic.