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Defend Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Funding

Submitted by Staff on Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:17

Below are the details that Shornna Berkeley and David M. Hughes shared with EOF union members and full-time faculty/TA-GA union for a very important advocacy event on Thursday, June 22 in our fight for affordable, quality higher education.

Be present to support the announcement of restoration of EOF Funding!

Stop the cuts! Instead, expand funding to Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)!

The Educational Opportunity Fund was started by the state in 1968 to support first-generation, low-income college students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The big difference from other access programs is that each EOF student receives a dedicated counselor while in college. Those counselors are part of our union and we call on you to join us in Trenton to support EOF counselors and students and the broader fight for affordable, quality higher education.

Once again, the Governor has proposed a cut to the EOF budget—the third year in a row! This time the cut is the biggest—$3.565 million.

Each year we've worked with the Legislature to restore the cut and have actually expanded funding for the program. Our allies in the Legislature are committed to restoring this funding and have invited us to join them at 12 noon on Thursday, June 22, for a Statehouse event in Trenton to announce the restoration.

** Meet us at 11:30am in the Statehouse cafeteria, Cafe NJ. We'll be heading to Room L103, across from the Senate chamber.

You can drive and park in the statehouse garage or take a train and walk from the Trenton train station. Or, if you will be coming from New Brunswick and would like to take part in a car pool, respond to this message. Please use this link for driving directions and parking:

At a similar event last June we were able to turn out nearly 75 students, counselors and allies. So please confirm your attendance at and spread the word with all EOF family and friends within Rutgers and across the state.

Event Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Event Time: 12:00pm Start Time but please arrive 30 - 45 minutes earlier to go through security screening
Event Location: Senate Room L103 State House Capitol, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Please use this link for driving directions and parking:

Parking Note: Limited free parking is available in the State House Garage. It is accessed from the rear entrance to the Capitol Complex, off Route 29. Proceed to the guard booth and have picture ID ready to gain access to the garage. Metered, on-street parking is available along West State Street. Several pay lots are located within walking distance. Handicap parking is available on West State Street in front of the State House and Annex and across the street from the State House.

Shornna and David

Shornna Berkeley, Senior EOF Counselor, Rutgers AAUP-AFT Executive Council
David Hughes, Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers AAUP-AFT President


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