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University World News

"While growing up I heard versions of the adage, “show me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are”. I considered the proverb a warning to cultivate friendships with upstanding and exemplary individuals and that not doing so would reflect negatively on my character. However, it was not until my transition from student to education practitioner and then from education practitioner to scholar, that I realised most young people in the United States do not choose their friends because their friends are chosen for them." Click button below to read more...

Huffington Post UK

"On September 23, 2015 I nervously sat in a courtroom with my family as the judge sentenced my 19-year-old sister to two years in prison for unarmed robbery and assault with intent to do bodily harm. Before I could give a proper goodbye or tell her how much I love her, she was whisked away in her orange jumpsuit with tears falling from her eyes. Eight hours later, I boarded a flight to London, England." Click button below to read more...

Office of University Initiatives Blog

"Energized about conversations regarding the role of the public university, I find myself reflecting on the role of institutions of higher education more broadly, and commitments to postsecondary access, diversity, and inclusion. There are currently 3,026 four-year degree-granting institutions in the United States. Amongst these institutions are minority-serving institutions (historically black college and universities and Hispanic serving institutions), women’s colleges, small liberal arts colleges, work colleges, and public research institutions to name a few." Click button below to read more...

The Hechinger Report

"Another phone call from Lapeer County Jail meant another $25 spent and a list of to-do items to assist my family. When my little sister was re-arrested in October, I worried about what her incarceration would mean for my family’s already limited emotional and financial capacity. They, especially my mom, were already spread thin, and I was only a few phone calls away from shattering myself. To avoid pity and unsolicited advice, I cowered. I hid in my room, often weeping in both sadness and frustration." Click the button below to read more...