A Few Universities Help Black and Hispanic Students Reach and Finish Graduate School
Melba Newsome, The Hechinger Report
When it comes to graduate school, the odds tend to be stacked against students like Josiah Hardy. It's not for lack of qualifications or ambition. Instead, it's because they’re Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American. In many instances, they are the first in their families to go to college, can’t afford expensive graduate educations, and have little help navigating the route to an advanced degree.
“It’s so hard to get into graduate school because the path to get there is like a secret that’s only given to certain people,” says Hardy, who is Black. “If you don’t have guidance or a mentorship or any example of people who’ve done it, there’s no way you can know that.”
Several graduate schools are stepping up with efforts that make a big impact on students' success. This includes financial help, mentoring, and more.