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Tomeka Hart, a member of the inaugural cohort of the College Board’s Professional Fellowship Program, has been an active member of the education community in her hometown of Memphis for over eight years. From working with Teach for America as a vice president of African American community partnerships to serving as the commissioner of the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools Board of Education, Ms. Hart has been a strong advocate for expanding educational opportunities for all students.
Growing up in the West Indies, Jermaine Wright was unaware of the ways race can hamper social mobility.
“In Jamaica, race as a social construct had no bearing as we were all Jamaicans,” Wright explained. “Class, on the other hand, determined how one would be treated and the opportunities you were afforded. In the Jamaican system of inequality, an increase in income signaled a change in status.” But once his family moved to the United States, Wright began to understand just how significant an impediment race can be to improving one’s life.
On a daily basis, Paul Perry is reminded that his life could have turned out very differently.
“Before I was born, my mom was addicted to drugs and ended up in prison, so she was actually pregnant with me while she was in prison,” he said. “Lucky for me she got out and I was born healthy, but that sort of double consciousness — that sense of what my life could have been — stays with me every single morning I put my feet on the side of the bed.”
Pamela Agoyo, Director and Special Assistant on Indian Affairs for President at the University of New Mexico and College Board Trustee penned a letter for the Navajo Times titled "Help students step confidently into the future." She recognizes the progress that has been made in advancing opportunities for American Indian students, but reiterates that there is still a long way to go. Read the full letter.
Savanna Flakes is one of the 21 inaugural members of the College Board’s Professional Fellowship Program. A National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher and inclusion specialist in the Alexandria City (Va.) Public Schools, she received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in teaching from American University.
On Tuesday, March 9, students and teachers from across New York state met with legislators in the state capitol of Albany to highlight the college, career, and financial benefits of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). They discussed with the legislators how taking challenging course work in high school is a vital component in helping students transition to college and beyond, and how the AP Program provides New York students with opportunities to deeply explore their interests while building the skills they need for the future.