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MAT, or Movement for Affordable Textbooks, is made up of concerned faculty, students and administrators who join together to seek out answers to the high cost of textbooks and other course materials for Vassar students. MAT is an initiative that came out of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI) Working Group, Inclusive Pedagogy, chaired by Professor Jonathon Kahn. In order to devote more focus on this important topic, in January 2021 MAT became one of the first Project Groups of EPI.
Currently co-chaired by Sarah Canino and Christopher Raymond, MAT meets regularly to plan initiatives. Among it’s recent accomplishments MAT members connected with faculty to explore challenges and offer suggestions regarding textbooks. We also recently created and administered a student survey to study the issue on the Vassar campus.
MAT is looking for new members! If you are interested in working with other members of the Vassar community to find solutions to the high cost of course materials at Vassar, contact one of the committee members below to express your interest:
Members for the spring 2021 semester include:
Zachary Britton, Administrative Assistant, Vassar College Store, email@example.com
Jessica Camacho, ‘24 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Canino, Music Librarian, email@example.com
Lioba Gerhardi, Self Instructional Language Program (SILP) Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Harvin, ‘22 email@example.com
Susannah Karron, ‘21 firstname.lastname@example.org
Felicity Martin, EPI Program Associate, email@example.com
Sarah Pearlman, Associate Professor and Chair of Economics, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqueline Perez, Director of Student Financial Services, email@example.com
Christopher Raymond, Associate Professor of Philosophy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Rodriguez, ‘24 email@example.com
Catherine Tan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pambanisha Whaley, Head of User Services, Vassar College Library, email@example.com