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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Camacho, ‘24 email@example.com
Sarah Canino, Music Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lioba Gerhardi, Self Instructional Language Program (SILP) Coordinator, email@example.com
Andrew Harvin, ‘22 firstname.lastname@example.org
Felicity Martin, EPI Program Associate, email@example.com
Yasmin Nijem, '22 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sarah Pearlman, Associate Professor and Chair of Economics, email@example.com
Jacqueline Perez, Director of Student Financial Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Quock, Director of the Transitions Program, email@example.com
Christopher Raymond, Associate Professor of Philosophy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Rodriguez, ‘24 email@example.com
Reshan Selva. '22 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Catherine Tan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, email@example.com
Pambanisha Whaley, Head of User Services, Vassar College Library, firstname.lastname@example.org