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Mailbag: Feb. 4

Dear Wildcats,

Hello, my name is Christopher Nagata, and I am the student body president here at the UA. I am contacting the student body today asking for your assistance with a local and potentially statewide visibility campaign that I am working on with my fellow ASUA colleagues. With the rise in the cost of attendance and the decline of state funding for our universities, students are faced with significant challenges accessing a quality yet affordable higher education. The bright news is, despite these obstacles, there are many students who find a way to succeed. However, the unfortunate reality is that if the state and university do not protect these educational opportunities, students will be priced out of an education, being deprived of the chance to realize their full potential.

It is my sincere hope, using this visibility campaign as a vehicle, to put a face on this issue so that our legislators, university officials and citizens of Arizona can no longer ignore this problem. Please help me in my efforts to identify fellow students (or yourself) with remarkable and heart-felt stories relating to their fight for achieving a higher education. It is my goal to share the experiences of those students who have exhibited enormous potential, while navigating themselves toward excellence in spite of financial barriers. I would hate to see the doors of opportunity close for our hardest working scholars as a result of financial difficulties or because we have allowed our decision-makers to irresponsibly neglect the value of higher education. Simply put, it would be a shame if we did not stand up and act in this time of great need and opportunity.

As you identify students with compelling stories, please forward me their contact information so I may meet with them in order to forward the movement of this campaign. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and assistance in advance. I sincerely hope we all take advantage of this moment to protect the value of our universities, educational opportunities and, most importantly, our students.

Respectfully,

Christopher Nagata

ASUA President

asuapres@email.arizona.edu

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