End College Legacy Preferences

By Evan J. Mandery, The Opinion Pages, Op-Ed Contributor, April 24, 2014, New York Times •  SOMEONE reading about the Supreme Court’s decision upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action — and by extension similar measures passed by voters in California, Texas, Florida and Washington — might develop the misimpression that affirmative action is on the wane. In fact,…

Are College Degrees Inherited?

By Ronald Brownstein | The Atlantic | Parents’ experiences with education strongly influence what their children do after high school. Nothing is more American than the belief in second chances. But the latest College Board/National JournalNext America Poll suggests that the choices young people make as they complete high school echo with surprising power throughout their…

Peers Providing Support to Vulnerable First-generation Students

by Geri Coleman Tucker | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education | First-generation college students are getting help to succeed on campus from an unlikely source: one another. A growing number of colleges and universities are accelerating efforts to identify, recruit, retain, graduate and track the professional success of students who are the first in their…

Success Stories: Najaah Daniels

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, November 8, 2013 • “I’ll go after any opportunity that I think can help me grow.” Such is the simple but effective philosophy of Najaah Daniels ’15C, a St. John’s University rhetoric and public address major who was one of only two students nationwide selected to participate in…

First Generation Civil Rights Fellows Head to Washington

By Lois Hoffman | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education | WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Alejandro T. Reyes was attending college and law school he saw for himself a future as a public interest attorney, but he didn’t know anybody in the field. Thankfully, he landed an Equal Justice Works fellowship upon graduating from Howard University…

Student Spotlight with Tania Chairez

By Greg Johnson, November 15, 2012, Penn Current • RAISING ARIZONA: Tania Chairez, 20, is from Phoenix but was born in Mexico. An undocumented resident, she came to the United States with her parents in 1998, when she was 5 years old.OUT OF THE NIGHT THAT COVERS ME: In October 2011, Chairez, now aWharton junior, revealed her undocumented status…