Susan D. Johnson

Director of Grants Administration

Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D., is director of grants administration at Lumina Foundation.

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A Black woman’s journey to the end of the earth

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That’s the question people ask about my travels to icy Antarctica. A decade ago, before it was popular to put on your bucket list, I decided to visit all seven continents before I turned 50. Of course, COVID put a damper on that, but the chance to go to Antarctica came quickly and out of the blue,
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At Lumina, helping ourselves first—so we can help others

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Lumina Foundation decided about seven years ago to put racial equity at the heart of our work. This had always been important to us, but now it takes center stage. It is our mission as we help all Americans get a fair shot at learning, earning, and contributing their talents.
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Lumina grants boost racial equity efforts during crisis

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I am unapologetic in my beliefs, my thoughts, and my work. Yes, it took some time to get there. It took a commitment to pushing boundaries for racial equality and inclusion. It took remaining steadfast in lifting up the voices of those who aren’t always heard.
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Equity Narratives: Recalling my own journey as I sent my son off to college

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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
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Case study: how Lumina sharpened its focus on eradicating systemic racism

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Lumina Foundation has worked to increase its commitment to racial equity, primarily by helping its staff understand systemic racism better, according to a newly-released case study by Gran
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Restoration of year-round Pell is a win, but the battle’s not over

Susan D. Johnson  | 
When Congress voted to restore year-round Pell in the 2017 omnibus budget, some declared victory. Students can now use these funds over summer terms and potentially accelerate degree completion. While this was a definite win, the fight to keep the Pell program well-funded continues.