I was born into a poor family. I pulled myself up through hard work, merit- and need-based aid, and student loans to earn a PhD. I am now a full time professor in a non-tenure track position at a prestigious university where I teach the children of the 1%. I also teach children of the 99% who are here on student loans.
I live modestly in a blue collar neighborhood, yet I'm still not paid enough to pay off my own student loans. Last year, faculty salary increases were postponed to keep tuition down. Without tenure, I have little job security. By speaking out, I risk losing my job. Ironically, my teaching and research focus on social justice, democracy, and equal educational opportunity.
I am the 99%.
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