Monthly Archives: November 2012

By Esmeralda Hernandez The Community Engagement Team here at the National Forum is partnering with Focus HOPE on a project to promote dialogues around the topic of higher education in the HOPE Village community.  The project, funded by the Graham Institute, will involve a method called Community-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR).  PAR involves identifying those who […]

By Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D. Over the past year I have been partnering with the National Forum on a Ford Foundation funded research project evaluating the contexts where college access and opportunity for undocumented immigrants emerged as a matter of public discourse and debate, and subsequently required some resolve on the part of campus administrators.  Our […]

By Angela Vidal Rodriguez Last October 31st , during the World Series Championship Parade, San Francisco Giants baseball player Sergio Romo sported a blue T-shirt that proclaimed, “I Just Look Illegal”.  According to NBC, his critics were wondering “if the message was appropriate, and they didn’t like that such a big sports star would use a […]

By Amy Puffenberger One might say that the very mission of the National Forum, The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good will significantly increase awareness, understanding, commitment, and action relative to the public service role of higher education in the United States, is rooted in communications. Much of the mission’s key components […]

What were you doing before you came to the University of Michigan? I was an internship coordinator in Washington, D.C.  I came to U of M because of the National Forum and the philanthropy advancement program. When you think about higher education’s role in society, what intrigues you? I am intrigued by the doors higher […]

By Kyle Hines  Shortly after I began working at the National Forum in July 2010, our office received a phone call from the Once Upon a Time Foundation expressing interest in providing funds to the students of Dr. Burkhardt’s, “Philanthropy in Higher Education” graduate course.  The Once Upon a Time Foundation’s intent is to help […]

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Maryland voters passed Maryland’s own state based version the DREAM Act, an in state tuition referendum by 58 to 42 percent.  The Maryland Dream Act grants an in state tuition discount for undocumented students, who have grown up and graduated from high schools in the United States, to attend community colleges […]

By Lara Kovacheff Badke, PhD What’s your image of Detroit?  Is it of the city’s revitalization?  Does the word ‘Detroit’ conjure up impressions of urban energy, young creative talent, a vibrant riverfront, and trendy neighborhoods?  If it doesn’t, your image of Detroit might be outdated.  Or it might be based on negative and inaccurate portrayals […]

By Nate Mueting Since joining the National Forum team this past May, I encountered a number of great opportunities that have helped shape my interest in higher education.  Through my work assisting the Finance and Stewardship Team, I have been able to learn more about the field of philanthropy and the process of applying for […]