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Hendrix Student to Present at National Policy Expo

CONWAY, Ark. (June 23, 2013) – Meredith Morrison, a junior from Greenfield, Mo., is taking part in the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network’s annual Policy Expo this week at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

The Expo brings local, student-driven policy initiatives to a broader stage, and injects fresh and innovative policy ideas into our national political discourse. The program will discuss what the next generation of policy leaders is working on; engage in problem-solving discussions with student activists, policy experts, nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs; and train young activists in the tools they will need to jump-start local policy change.

Morrison, a member of the Campus Network chapter at Hendrix, has been working with the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network all year to develop a policy idea from concept to implementation.

She will present Supporting Rural Education by Relieving Student Loans, which outlines a plan for Missouri to implement a student debt forgiveness program for teachers who teach honors-level courses in rural schools, in an attempt to both improve education outcomes in rural schools and to lessen the financial load on teachers who get a master’s degree.

Roosevelt Institute Campus Network has over 10,000 members on 100 campuses, but only 10 ideas will be presented during the Policy Expo, and only two during the opening reception.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit