SDC has grown into national prominence for its efforts to intercede on behalf of borrowers for debt resolution solutions through petitions, awareness-building campaigns, outreach, social media and meetings with lawmakers. Boasting a large and engaged membership network, the organization is an ally member of the “Higher Ed Not Debt” campaign, and has worked in cooperation with “HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher”, Michael Moore, and the AFL-CIO to draw attention to the needs of borrowers.
It is SDC’s core belief that our nation’s success is dependent upon an educated workforce capable of the critical thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship necessary for prosperity. At the heart of our belief is the conviction that we can no longer burden students with the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Affordable and accessible education—including the equitable repayment of debt incurred—is crucial for the U.S. to maintain its position as a 21 st -century global leader.
Through her work with SDC Abrams has appeared on CNBC, Fox News, NBC, “CBS Sunday Morning,” and numerous other television outlets. Her writings have appeared in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Abrams has often been cited as a subject matter expert discussing the economic injustices facing students and borrowers in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Politico, Reuters, the AP, and elsewhere.
Abrams has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Gender Studies, and has served with the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), first as a student intern, and then as VP of the UCLA chapter.
Hounanian has written about the need for fair educational loan policies for The Nation and Blue Nation Review. He has also spoken about the impact of rising student loan debt with NBC, the Los Angeles Times, Fusion, and the International Business Times. His contributions have allowed SDC to grow its powerful digital presence and online advocacy. Hounanian’s leadership and digital expertise led to the success of SDC’s social media campaign, “Without Student Debt”, in partnership with Michael Moore.