Tag Archives: College Access

Why I Study Access to Higher Education

When I was a senior in high school, I felt lost. I knew I wanted to go to college to do better and make money—I uncritically believed in the bootstrapping narrative of social mobility, long before I opened a book by Bourdieu, Marx, or Freire. I would go to my neighborhood library and read books […]

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Interviewing and the Importance of Listening

Have you ever read a Henry James novel? I have, as an undergraduate in an American lit. class. I, along with 20 or so of my peers, read Portrait of a Lady. James—the brother of psychologist William James—is known for long, descriptive passages and a focus on the minutiae of life and consciousness. You can […]

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Don’t Knock #SafeSpace

Images like this one have been circulating on Twitter, mocking Safe Space.  It is in response to the thousands of student across the country who are trying to create room for themselves on college campuses across the country. Of course, these students are being depicted as cry babies. Or seen as those unwilling to hear differing opinions. […]

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A Legitimate Form of Academic Engagement

Kathleen Fitzpatrick ends her introductory chapter in Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of Academia with the ominous critique about the possible future of scholarly research: “And we will be silenced, unless we can create new ways of speaking both with that culture and among ourselves.” Her Planned Obsolescence serves as a rallying cry to academics and […]

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A Strong Affinity for Los Angeles

My partner, two children, and our two dogs just moved to Los Angeles from Oakland. Our friends from home often ask how we are adjusting. The family is decidedly split. My kids love our new city and I also have a strong affinity for Los Angeles. My dogs are indifferent (they’re dogs). But my partner, […]

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Checking “Asian” Can be a Disadvantage

Recently, I was helping a young high school senior on her college applications–it’s that time of year. Her most pressing question–what race should she check? She says she “feels more” Filipina, but she’s heard checking Asian can be a disadvantage. She’s also part Hawaiian, so she wonders if she should say she is Pacific Islander. […]

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Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The realities and perils of the school-to-prison pipeline have been well documented. Scholars like Michelle Alexander and Victor Rios have illustrated the ways in which discriminatory practices and policies criminalize young men of color. And yet, despite all of the data that demonstrate the need to improve public policies and available opportunities, little changes. Last […]

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Why Is It So Hard to Help?

“But I don’t understand what this video has to do with our section on plant cells, Dr. Berry.” My twelfth grade biology teacher replied, “If you’re not going to watch the video, you can go to the principal’s office.” “That’s cool, it’s probably more productive than this.” Dr. Berry sighed and turned the TV on. […]

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Teaching and Grading

Over the last two days, I graded 28 student papers. And I enjoyed it. It was great to see the growth of my students’ ideas and further development of their writing skills in just five weeks. I was sharing about how much I enjoyed grading these papers with another group of college students and more […]

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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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