Student, Faculty Team to Compete in "Up to Us" National Challenge

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SUNY Old Westbury was recently selected to participate in the exclusive 100-team national competition "Up to Us." The competition encourages students to mobilize their campus community to understand fiscal policy matters and how the federal budget, deficits and the national debt affect students’ economic outlook and fiscal futures. The Old Westbury six-student team received $1,000 to sponsor creative non-partisan events on campus, the first of which will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11:20 a.m. with an interactive discussion on the basics of the budget and debt. 

The goal of the competition is to accumulate campus participation points through activities and awareness campaigns to win the $25,000 grand prize. The team has created a survey, and is encouraging the Old Westbury community to take the "Up to Us" pledge to gain points for the College. Lasting 10-weeks over the course of the Spring 2018 semester, the team, which is led by Politics, Economics and Law student Evan Rufrano, and professors Thomas DelGiudice and Veronika Dolar, has planned an assortment of ways to engage students in the discussion from sidewalk displays, to tabling and utilizing social media platforms. 

Launched in 2012 by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Net Impact, and the Clinton Global Initiative, "Up to Us" is is the only nationwide, campus-based campaign focused on building a sustainable economic and fiscal future for America’s next generation. For more information in getting involved with the Old Westbury "Up to Us" campus team, please contact Erufrano [at] oldwestbury.edu (Rufrano)delgiudicet [at] oldwestbury.edu (DelGiudice) or dolarv [at] oldwestbury.edu (Dolar).