Updated March 29 at 2:29pm

Brown students to host R.I. Fiscal Summit


PROVIDENCE - Students from Brown University’s Common Sense Action group will host the Rhode Island Fiscal Summit on Saturday on the school’s campus to “address the fiscal challenges facing the United States.”

The summit, which will take place at noon in Alumnae Hall at 194 Meeting St. in Providence, includes a panel discussion by local public leaders as well as a keynote address by Stephen Rattner, former counselor to the U.S. secretary of treasury.

With Brown University President Christina H. Paxson set to deliver opening remarks, the students have based the summit’s discussions around two questions: “How can Americans from both parties come together to build a prosperous and sustainable economic future?” and “What lessons can Rhode Island teach the nation about solving a debt crisis?”

Following the opening remarks and keynote address, attendees will participate in a roundtable lunch discussion, followed by a moderated panel discussion.

WPRI’s Ted Nesi will serve as panel moderator. Panelists include: Robert A. Weygand, former congressman and current vice president of finance and administration for the University of Rhode Island; Cranston Mayor Allan Fung; Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White; and student leaders from Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island.

“The event aims to be an educational experience, a networking event, and a call to action, where attendees can connect with speakers and fellow student leaders and use these connections as the launching point for student action statewide,” said a Brown University release.

The event, which is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. is free and open to the public with advanced registration. Interested people can register online at eventbrite.com.


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