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October 2022 - Issue 2


Get your student loan debt cancellation questions answered by senior officials from the key agencies involved. These will include Ashley Harrington, Esq., Senior Advisor in the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education; Scott Filters, Senior Advisor in the Office of Students of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Katherine Welbeck, Esq., Director of Advocacy and Civil Rights Counsel at the Student Borrower Protection Center. Register here. The registration link has a place to submit your questions as well.


Attorney Harrington will address the new student loan cancellation application; the Biden Administration’s change in who qualifies for cancellation; income-driven repayment changes; Parent PLUS loans; loan consolidation; the Fresh Start Program; and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness deadline. Mr. Filters will address current student loan scams, student loan servicing, and resources to fund higher education. Attorney Welbeck will address the next steps to include advocacy related to states planning to tax student loan cancellation; further changes needed to Parent PLUS loans; and other changes that still need to happen in the workforce education and student loan servicing space. 


Please share this opportunity with impacted persons, people of faith, clergy, secular, etc. Register and send your questions before the webinar so we can ensure our panelists answer them.


The Social Justice Series at Ohio University Southern concludes with a livestream on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Bowman Auditorium in the Collins Building. Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. will discuss ending the death penalty. Following the presentation, a roundtable panel will discuss solutions in the criminal justice system. For more information about sessions on all campuses and/or to register for streaming, click here.


Oct. 18 | 10 a.m.-noon EST

President Kristina M. Johnson, PhD

Ohio State University

Topic: “Leading with Mind and Heart: Creating an Inclusive Culture in a Time of Divisiveness and Skepticism”


Kristina M. Johnson is many things: a trailblazer in the classroom, the boardroom, and the research lab; a dedicated public servant who served at the highest levels of government; a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and a role model and advocate for women in STEM. Most of all, Dr. Johnson is an innovator and inventor, a leader who is constantly seeking new solutions to the most seemingly intractable challenges. These qualities enabled Dr. Johnson to successfully lead Ohio State University at the height of the coronavirus pandemic immediately after becoming the school’s 16th president in August 2020. In 1999, Dr. Johnson was named dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where undergraduate enrollment increased 20 percent under her leadership. In 2007, she became the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, President Barack Obama selected her to serve as undersecretary of energy in the U.S. Department of Energy. She helped the White House pinpoint the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon spill, the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. President Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a PhD from Stanford. Before accepting the role at Ohio State, President Johnson served as the 13th chancellor of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States. Over the span of her professional career, Dr. Johnson has received a number of awards and recognitions and holds 118 U.S. and international patents.

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The Ohio Council of Churches, in cooperation with the United Church of Christ Office for Economic Justice, invites you to a special Zoom forum on economic justice issues pertaining to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the Fair Food Program, and the call for boycotting Wendy’s restaurants.


Monday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m.


The CIW is protesting Wendy’s ongoing refusal to follow its fast-food competitors’ lead and sign a Fair Food agreement that will bring the Fair Food Program’s gold-standard human rights protections to farmworkers in its supply chain. Read more about the effort here.



The CIW is a farmworker-led human rights organization recognized for its work in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking and gender-based violence at work. It is also and the creator of the Fair Food Program. Join this important and timely discussion here.


Cincinnati's Interfaith Community Educating, Collaborating, and Advocating for Racial Justice!


An Invitation to hear the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speak on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at XU Cintas Center.


Christ Church Cathedral’s Taft Lecture Series will feature remarks by Rev. Dr. William Barber, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. A Mighty Stream and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue are among the co-sponsors. The event is free but requires registration. There is limited seating, so don’t delay. Register here.


In 2001, Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) organized the first World Congress against the Death Penalty in Strasbourg. Since then, the World Congresses have become the essential triennial meeting place for abolitionists from all over the world, where civil society actors, activists, witnesses, governments, and diplomats speak up to call for the universal abolition of the death penalty. Each World Congress is preceded by a regional Congress to focus attention on a particular region of the world.


Find out more about the main themes of the World Congress in Berlin, to be held from Nov. 15-18, 2022, download educational materials, and see a timeline of previous Congresses, by clicking here.

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