Category: EDU - General (Inside MC staff use only)
Published: May 16 2014 3:32PM
Each spring, Montgomery College Associate Professor Bruce Madariaga conducts an honors 'module' where he challenges his honor students to use what they are learning in economics class to make a real-world positive public policy change. Usually, Madariaga says, students write newspaper editorials or letters to local elected officials about economic issues. This semester, one of Madariaga's students requested an in-person meeting with Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Democrat from Maryland's 8th District. And the request was granted!
On May 1, Madariaga accompanied honors students Robert Pittenridge and Paulette Wanko to Congressman Van Hollen's office where the students advocated for various policies to reduce economic inequality. Robert discussed the need to eliminate the pay gap between men and women. Paulette discussed the need to strengthen programs that help low-income workers including the "Earned Income Tax Credit" which she argued should be expanded to childless and young workers. Both students submitted letters to the Congressman about their chosen topics.
The meeting lasted for 20 minutes, at which time the Congressman had to leave for a meeting with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi only to be followed by a meeting with President Barack Obama.
Congratulations to both students, Robert and Paulette, and to Professor Madariaga and huge thanks to the Congressman for giving his time to MC!