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MAT: Movement for Affordable Textbooks.

Collected textbook-related resources for faculty, students and administrators.

What is MAT?

MAT, or Movement for Affordable Textbooks, is made up of concerned faculty, students, and administrators who are working together to address the high cost of textbooks and other course materials for Vassar students. MAT came out of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI) Working Group, Inclusive Pedagogy, chaired by Professor Jonathon Kahn. In order to devote more focus to 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 its recent accomplishments, MAT members connected with faculty to explore challenges and offer suggestions regarding textbook affordability, and 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 Fall 2021 semester include:

Zachary Britton, Administrative Assistant, Vassar College Store,

Jessica Camacho, ‘24

Sarah Canino, Music Librarian,

Lioba Gerhardi, Self Instructional Language Program (SILP) Coordinator,

Andrew Harvin, ‘22

Felicity Martin, EPI Program Associate,

Yasmin Nijem, '22 <>

Sarah Pearlman, Associate Professor and Chair of Economics,

Jacqueline Perez, Director of Student Financial Services,

Michelle Quock, Director of the Transitions Program,

Christopher Raymond, Associate Professor of Philosophy,

Jose Rodriguez, ‘24

Reshan Selva. '22 <>

Catherine Tan, Assistant Professor of Sociology,

Pambanisha Whaley, Head of User Services, Vassar College Library,