Undocumented Minors

[Guillermo, profiled in the Atlantic article, and Maria, profiled in the Latino USA episode, both remind me of J (her story here, with an update here). Guillermo fled El Salvador almost exactly a year before J. Maria lives near Boston and went to J’s neighborhood to find a social security card when she needed to help…

Article: A Prescription for More Black Doctors

[Xavier University is a tiny HBCU in New Orleans that hits way above its weight in sending students to med school. The secret to their success is, in part, in creating a cooperative culture, instead of the usual competitive one that dominates pre-med courses at most universities. How does one build a cooperative culture in a…

Articles: The Upwardly Mobile Barista & College for the Masses

[These articles make a good pair so I thought I’d share them with you simultaneously. The premise in the article from the Atlantic about Starbucks and Arizona State University is that Starbucks is helping employees pay for college. But the article makes it clear that the support goes well beyond the financial — “The research tells…

Article: First-Generation Students Unite

[Makes me think about my own elite education and the “mythical student” who haunts even those who arrive on campus with ample privilege. This article also makes me wonder about my 8th graders who are headed to prep school — will those schools be prepared to help these (even younger) students navigate their first generation…