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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 5): Ways to Help

(This is the fifth of a five part series. Feel free to read part one, part two, part three, part four.) More than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from a United States high school each year. Since day one, society imposes the idea to future generations of students and their families that education is the key to […]

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The Menace of “Blunt Instruments” in Higher Education

Approximately a month ago, the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA Championship in 40 years with star players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Since their opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, was plagued by injuries, the final outcome was not terribly surprising. What was unexpected were the contributions of a few key backup players. […]

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Transitioning to the Postdoc

As of July 1st this year I said goodbye to USC after having been there for almost 5 years and started my new position as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside.  I’ll be focusing on the governance of public higher education and fusing that with my interests in access, equity, and inclusion in […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 4): No One Understands Me

(This is a five part series. Read Part One here, part two here, and part three here.) I volunteered after school, during the summer, and even on the weekends for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and City of Anaheim’s Youth Group. I kept this up until I went to high school and there I joined […]

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Can Vietnamese Higher Education Become a Success Story?

Before the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Institute begins on July 22 in Taiwan, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). It is a beautiful and culturally-vibrant city, with gorgeous tree-lined streets that offer a welcome change from arid Los Angeles, sobering […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 3): The Rough Road to Graduation

(This is third in a five part series. Read PART ONE and PART TWO) The next three years weren’t going to be easy, but I had to do everything I possibly could to be ready for the challenge. I decided to be very proactive and think strategically of ways to prepare for the upcoming years. […]

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The Top 10 List I Don’t Want To Be On

I. So this happens. I get an email from a respected colleague in Rossier, “We’re in the Top 10!” I already know what top 10 list we’re on, and it ain’t good. USC is one of the most expensive schools for graduate school debt in the US. I already knew this because I have been […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 2): Navigating My First Year in College

(This is a five part series.  Read PART ONE) My first year in college was in 2007.  It felt like an intense roller coast ride where at times I felt like my life was ready to change tracks on me at any time. First, I migrated 300 miles away from home to pursue my college […]

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Change from the Inside

Some think that the For-Profit Higher Education Industry in the United States is on life support.  In May, Corinthian Colleges, filed for Chapter 11 protection and closed its doors, leaving thousands of students without a college to go to and millions (perhaps billions) of dollars in loans for the government to forgive.  The largest and best […]

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The Veil of Perfection: Academic (In)Vulnerability

In light of the blog I posted last week, I started to think about constructive ways to think about talking about race, racism, and seemingly difficult topics. I want to be clear, I’m not writing this as a pundit on race or Black Studies, because I’m not—I’m writing this simply as a Black man. There […]

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