Thank you for such a successful Valley Gives Day
Not only did we secure a $2,500 match from our PHENOMenal members before December 10th, we also met that match during Valley Gives and raised an additional $2,500. You also helped us win $175 in prizes during the day!

If you missed Valley Gives Day, but still want to support PHENOM, follow this link:

Donate Now 

$10 – Brings one student to the State House for Higher Education Advocacy Day

$25 – Provides complimentary subscriptions to our newsletter for five low-income members

$50 – Gives one student or faculty/staff member the organizing training (s)he needs to start a PHENOM Chapter on their campus

$100 – Provide copies of our reports and policy papers to the entire Massachusetts legislature

$500 – Rent a bus to bring 50 students to the State House on lobby day

$1000 – Be a hero! Provide a stipend for a PHENOM student intern


PHENOM'S Campus Chapter Initiative
PHENOM is excited to announce a new partnership with the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). PHENOM will be providing stipends to MTA members on at least eight campuses to coordinate and maintain PHENOM chapters at institutions of public higher education across Massachusetts. Funding will also be available for a Student Organizer on the campus.

PHENOM chapters engage the campus community in advocating for accessible, affordable, and well-funded public higher education through involvement in statewide and campus-based education, organizing, and advocacy. Campus Organizers must make a commitment through Spring 2016 and will receive support and guidance from PHENOM’s staff and the entire cohort of campus organizers.

PHENOM is excited to strengthen its relationships with its constituencies and increase its presence on campuses and in communities across the state. This will ensure increased and more effective advocacy for the accessibility and affordability of quality public higher education in Massachusetts.

PHENOM will begin announcing our new Campus Chapters on this page. Stay tuned for kick-off advocacy events in January 2015. If you are interested in starting or getting involved with a PHENOM Campus Chapter, email PHENOM’s Executive Director, Natalie Higgins at nhiggins@phenomonline.org.

Campus Organizer Job Posting 

Student Organizer Job Posting

PHENOM is the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts. PHENOM unites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others from community colleges, state universities, the UMass campuses, and the broader community to advocate for better funded, affordable and accessible public higher education in Massachusetts.

PHENOM understands that our ability to create the kind of higher education system Massachusetts deserves depends on bringing students, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders from all the state’s public college and university campuses together around five basic principles:

  1. Fund public higher education so it can serve the Commonwealth.
  2. Make higher education affordable.
  3. Make higher education accessible to all.
  4. Hire more teachers, researchers, and staff.
  5. Honor and expand democratic institutions of governance for public higher education.

The 500,000 people who make up the Massachusetts public higher education community are the sleeping giant of Massachusetts politics. By mobilizing a large and engaged grassroots network, PHENOM is waking up this sleeping giant so we can get the resources to create the public higher education system we and our children deserve.

Debt Free December Sign


PHENOM wants to hear your student debt story. We’re starting a campaign this month called #DebtFreeDecember. Until we give a voice to student debt and start building community, we will never be able to tackle the student debt crisis! Submit your stories/pictures on Facebook and on Twitter

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Higher Ed News Weekly Update

Once again, here’s PHENOM’s weekly round-up of higher ed news, both locally and nationally. As always — use the comments section below.   National: Gender gaps in student government associations Massachusetts: Board of Higher Education to coordinate a statewide effort to strengthen public campus policies surrounding sexual assault prevention National: Students …

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