PhD Student | Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Susan Kalaz is a PhD student in the English program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is a Board Director of Student Organization for Democratic Alternatives (SODA), through which she helped institute the participatory budgeting process at her undergraduate institution, CUNY Queens College. She is also one of the founding members of PB-CUNY, a coalition of the PB processes on four different CUNY campuses, which focuses on fostering the current PB processes, as well as spreading PB throughout the CUNY system.
Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?