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ACLS Fellow Jessie Ramey Invited to White House

The President's Office of Public Engagement has invited 150 community leaders from Pennsylvania to the White House for a briefing on March 23, 2012. Jessie Ramey, one of the leaders of a grassroots movement in Southwest Pennsylvania for public education and founder of the Yinzercation website and blog, has been invited to attend the White House through Education Voters PA and Keystone Progress.
Community leaders will get an economic briefing from the NEC; meet with White House staff about specific issues of concern; speak at a listening session with Jon Carson, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; participate in policy breakout sessions; and have a tour of the White House.
The goals of the White House Community Leaders Briefing are:
•  To ensure the public is well-informed about government policies and programs and how they can utilize these resources;
•  Ensure that the White House is hearing from the public about how government policies and programs can serve them better;

•  Provide a briefing on the tools and resources available to their communities, community leaders will return home better armed to connect individuals to the policies and programs of the federal government. 

Dr. Ramey holds a Ph.D. in history from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College. Her study, Childcare in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages (University of Illinois Press, 2012), received the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Lerner-Scott Prize in women's history from the Organization of American Historians, and the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association.
Jessie Ramey was the founding director of Carnegie Mellon’s Undergraduate Research Office, where she raised extensive grant money to support women and minority students in non-traditional fields. She also directed grant-making through the Women and Girls Fund at the Westchester Community Foundation/New York Community Trust. In addition to her work in higher education and philanthropy, Dr. Ramey founded the Flying Pig Theatre, which produced new works by women for many years in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Ramey’s current research examines the transformation of indentured child labor into the foster care system, which was rife with gender, race, and class implications. She is also the founder of Yinzercation, a website and blog for grassroots advocacy of public education in Pennsylvania, and serves on the board of directors of Carriage House Children’s Center.


Read Dr. Ramey's post about her White House visit on her blog, "Yinzercation"

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