Many students at Keene State College in New Hampshire and Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it.
The schools are leading a national project to engage students on the relationships between economic inequality, public policy, economic opportunity and social mobility. They'll be developing new courses and exploring ways to update their current curriculum, with a focus on getting students to become active participants in their communities.
Both schools already make civic engagement a priority for students, many of whom come from lower-income homes.
The project was developed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.