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NAACP Image Awards show that students can be powerfully authentic messengers

March 04, 2020

Student voices can be a powerful force in shaping policies and influencing views on higher education. I know this firsthand because I got my start as an educational equity advocate years ago while a collegiate member of the NAACP.

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Case Study: Navigating a CEO Sabbatical

March 03, 2020

Whether planned or unexpected, absences at the top of your organization can lead to confusion, internal strife and even organizational paralysis. At Lumina Foundation, where we support quality, equitable education and training beyond high school, I had the opportunity to add the “interim CEO” tag to my role.

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Finishing college can be hard when 'life gets in the way' – but there is help

March 02, 2020

Thirty-six million adults have some college credit but have yet to earn a degree. The first step colleges and policymakers need to take to re-engage these adults is to listen to those who have traveled through the system.

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Equity Narratives: For the undocumented, it’s hard to shake the grip of fear

Feb 27, 2020

In our home country, my family was considered white and middle class. But all that changed when my family and I emigrated to the United States when I was 10 years old.

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Equity Narratives: I was an 'accidental racist' who helped deny education to others

Feb 27, 2020

I am the grandson of a rural, Southern sharecropper. I am white. I am male. And I am a conservative. And, while I am not a skinhead, member of the Klan or a White Citizens Council, I may have been equally dangerous. I was an accidental racist.

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Equity Narratives: Recalling my own journey as I sent my son off to college

Feb 27, 2020

Last semester, I sent my son off to college. People who know me will tell you that since my son was small, he's known that in 2019, he would leave home and start the next phase of his life. My job would be to equip him with the skills he needed to be successful — as a student, as an adult, and as a citizen.

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Our story: Lumina staff share their racial equity narratives in commitment to justice

Feb 27, 2020

At Lumina, we’re committed to racial equity as part of our drive to increase education and training beyond high school. But we knew we couldn’t just preach that message to others without doing our own work, or considering what it means to ourselves, so now we’re sharing the personal stories of our staff about their own journeys.

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Lumina announces grants to 9 states to advance quality and equity in post-high school learning

Feb 20, 2020

Lumina Foundation is supporting efforts in nine states as part of a new national grant program to help develop next-generation approaches to higher-education quality assurance and improvement.

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Report: States trying to boost college attainment are missing millions of students among the incarcerated

Feb 10, 2020

A new report on helping incarcerated people obtain the education they need to improve their lives and avoid further contact with the justice system shows how much progress we’ve made – and how states could be doing so much better.

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