All Access – News for Members
Every year by May 1, thousands of high school seniors make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives: where they will go to college. “Decision Day” as it is often referred to, is an important day not only for the thousands of students deciding where to attend college, but also for our K-12 members who have supported these students on their way to college and our higher education members who get to welcome these students to their institutions.
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 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.
“Why Not Us?”, a documentary produced by Roadtrip Nation in partnership with the College Board that chronicles the lives of four first-generation college students, was screened this past Monday to a special audience of over 900 students at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans.
On Tuesday, February 17, the College Board hosted a webinar with Steve Colon, Vice President of Access to Opportunity, and Wendell Hall, Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, focused on the work of the College Board’s Access to Opportunity Initiative, and how it can better serve the unique needs of the African American community.
You can listen to a recording of the webinar here.