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U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Visits GSU

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly recently visited with faculty, staff, and students at Governors State University (GSU) and spoke on a wide range of topics, including housing and jobs in the Southland.

The GSU chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), the global honor society for public affairs and administration, frequently brings in public officials to engage with students in small settings. Congresswoman Kelly, whose second congressional district includes GSU, spoke with about 70 people during her campus visit.

Seated before her guests, Congresswoman Kelly shared her views and listened to opinions on student loan forgiveness for public servants, the Higher Education Re-authorization Act, a controversial citizenship questions proposed for the 2020 U.S. census, as well as healthcare and educational disparities.

Only a small fraction of Millennials turned out in the last election, Congresswoman Kelly told the audience. “We’re paying for people not voting now,’’ she said. “We have to find a way to get more people involved.”

The GSU Chapter of PAA,  a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) was named the 2016 Global Chapter of the Year. Professor Mary Bruce, who serves as faculty advisor of the university’s chapter, was named 2016 Advisor of the year.