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Danette Howard, Ph.D.

Danette Gerald Howard, Ph.D. is senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies to increase Americans’ attainment of high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials, including strategic work in...Read bio »

How Virginia joined the short list of “Talent, Innovation, and Equity” states leading the way in education and jobs progress

Nov 13, 2019

Two years after white supremacists marched in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, state leaders remain determined to show their commitment to inclusion. The latest sign of that mood could be the state's entry into Lumina Foundation’s growing partnership of leaders working to increase the number of people with college degrees and other credentials beyond high school.

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College classes in prisons help everybody, and now more programs are proving it

July 22, 2019

In the last 40 years, the number of people in prison or jail in the United States has increased 10 times faster than the country’s population and now stands at more than 2 million. But after years of growth, the rate of incarceration has finally fallen, and we’ll see even more progress if we get behind one of today’s most positive trends.

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Equity: Everything and the kitchen sink

March 08, 2019

Equity seems to be the “it” term of the day when it comes to student success and college completion.

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Schools are backing improvements to the campus climate around race

June 18, 2018

The sight of torch-bearing crowds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists invading a college campus last summer was bad enough. But finding that some of the rioters were students — and thinking about what that meant — spurred us into action. We had to find a way to support improvements in campus climate.

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Educating people in prison helps them find jobs and helps us build an equitable society

March 21, 2018

Lumina Foundation is expanding our efforts to promote education among present and former prison inmates—a program that makes sense both on economic and humanitarian grounds.

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Achieving Educational Equity in the United States

July 12, 2017

Lumina Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Danette Howard explains how a new Talent, Innovation, Equity initiative will work to create a “talent pipeline” connecting people with opportunities to find good-paying jobs and continue learning.

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