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Successful Participant Story - Katie Steen - OpenCon 2016

  1. 1. Successful Participant Stories Katie Steen, U.S. PIRG OpenCon 2014 Alum
  2. 2. U.S. PIRG • U.S. Public Interest Research Group • National consumer and student advocacy nonprofit • Working to push back on special interests • Big money in politics, consumer protection, tax and budget, public health, accessible and affordable higher education, etc. • Higher Ed Project: o Making college more affordable through Open Textbooks campaign o Open Textbooks Alliance
  3. 3. In  the  beginning… • The Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) • University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council (GPC) National Affairs Committee • The National Association of Graduate Professional Students (NAGPS) Legislative Action Days in D.C. • OpenCon 2014
  4. 4. OpenCon2014
  5. 5. National and Campus Work • Changing the status quo through graduate student engagement on campus and at NAGPS LAD • Met with librarians on campus to create partnership on Open Access week • Pushed faculty at campus level and administrators at System level for change • Passed Open platform in ASUM statewide student association • Met with Sen. McCaskill (D-MO) when Open Access bill was moving through committee • Created coalitions with stakeholders at the campus and national level
  6. 6. Today • Higher Education Fellow at U.S. PIRG • Student PIRGs and Open Textbooks Campaign o Chapters across the country o Open Textbooks campaign o OER pilot programs • OpenEd 2016 • OER Coalition • Open Textbooks Alliance o opentextbooksalliance.org
  7. 7. Advocate Strategies • Undergraduates and graduates must work together • Educate, educate, educate • BUILD COALITIONS! o Open supporters are out there, you just have to find them and organize together
  8. 8. Contact • Katie Steen • Work: ksteen@pirg.org • Personal: katiesteen27@gmail.com • Cell: (816) 645-1189

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