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By Jill Anderson 06/01/2017 8:53 AM EDT
Janine de Novais
Janine de Novais wanted to be a professor for as long as she can remember. Now, armed with a doctorate from HGSE, she is ready to fulfill her dream. When she immigrated from Cape Verde to Massachusetts as a teenager, she did well at Brockton High School, and headed on the path of college. After graduating from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, de Novais had her eye on graduate school, but she postponed indefinitely when she had her son. “I thought I need a steady paycheck and benefits," she says. "I didn’t think single moms could afford to go to grad school.” So, she...
By Megan Red Shirt-Shaw 05/25/2017 9:32 AM EDT
Convocation 2017: Megan Red-Shirt Shaw Delivers Student Speaker Address
Note: A transcript of Megan Red Shirt-Shaw's speech is to come.
By Lory Hough 05/20/2017 3:16 PM EDT
Tony Jack
When Tony Jack started his freshman year at Amherst College in 2003, something seemed off. He looked around and saw a diverse group of students, but unlike him, none seemed poor. They talked about study abroad programs and boarding schools like Andover and Groton. Back at home, in Miami, summer was just a season. At Amherst, he quickly learned, it was also a verb. “I kept asking myself, am I really the only poor black person here?” The answer was no. Some of his classmates had grown up the way he did — barely making ends meet, the first in their families to go to college — but they had taken...
By Lory Hough 05/20/2017 1:50 PM EDT
Domonic Rollins
Not long after Domonic Rollins started at the Ed School in the fall as the first diversity and inclusion officer, he held a series of get-to-know-you workshops for managers and staff. It was his way of saying hello to the community and also a way to get a pulse on what people were thinking around topics like race, gender, and inclusion — the very topics he was tasked to work on. At one of the meetings, a woman asked which constituency they should be focused on: student needs? staff concerns? faculty? It was a good question, one that Rollins knew the answer — all of the above — wasn’t going to...
By Leah Shafer 04/19/2017 1:38 PM EDT
Smarter Tech to Smooth the Path to College
After college acceptance letters arrive, the complexity and sheer number of tasks required to actually enroll — complete FAFSA, submit a final transcript, pay a housing deposit, obtain immunizations, among many other things — thwart the plans of many high school grads to matriculate. Between 10 and 40 percent of intended students fall into this “summer melt” pattern, and aspiring first-generation students, who are more likely to lack the prior knowledge and support to complete these steps, are particularly susceptible. Guidance counselors and admissions officers can provide valuable...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 04/13/2017 2:54 PM EDT
Valerie Piro
For a person whose passion is medieval history, a school of education might not seem a natural fit, but for Valerie Piro pursuing a master’s in higher education at HGSE — while seemingly unusual — makes perfect sense in her path toward a Ph.D. in medieval studies. “One of the great things about being here at HGSE is that you get to study marginalized groups in a modern sense, but the methodology and theory behind it can be applied very broadly,” says Piro, whose research centers on studying disability in Europe’s early medieval period. “In a way, I’m creating the foundation for future...
By Jill Anderson 03/29/2017 4:31 PM EDT
Keeping the DREAM Alive
While a doctoral student at Arizona State University (ASU), Jesus Cisneros was struck by the lack of visible supports in place for undocumented students in the higher education setting. Especially surprising was that this was Arizona, as he calls it, "the hotbed of immigration." Cisneros felt that something needed to be done, so in 2012, he co-founded DREAMzone, an initiative with the goal of responding to the needs of these underserved students and creating an ally network at ASU. It has now grown beyond ASU, forming strategic partnerships with organizations such as TheDream.US and Teach For...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 03/16/2017 10:25 AM EDT
Who is Beverly Daniel Tatum?
Note: Live streaming of this forum will begin March 21 at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, March 21, the Askwith Forums will host Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in America, for a conversation about leading for racial equity in schools. The forum will be held in conjunction with The Principals’ Center’s Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools convening. Here’s what you should know before the forum: A Pioneer in Race Research and Dialogue Tatum is a clinical psychologist and nationally recognized scholar on race issues in America,...
By Casey Bayer 01/17/2017 3:56 PM EST
Free College?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan, the Excelsior Scholarship, to cover state tuition costs for middle- and low-income students across the state. The proposal, which would cover families making up to $125,000 per year, also includes two-year community colleges. While heralded as an initiative that would put New York at the forefront of this issue — and in the small mix of other states with similar programs — questions, and some criticism, have arisen in the days following the announcement. We asked Professor David Deming, with expertise on the economics of education, to...
By Jill Anderson 01/09/2017 4:40 PM EST
Ivy
For undocumented students, the path to college can be littered with unique obstacles, from limited financial resources to fear of disclosing status to a sense of hopelessness that can get in the way before they even apply. What can educators do to meet the particular needs of these students — to prepare them academically and support them emotionally? A pivotal piece of the equation: Get to know your students well, and develop strong relationships, says Roberto Gonzales, who has studied the experiences of undocumented young people for years. “Because undocumented students are excluded from...

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