Although at the University of Michigan diversity is espoused widely as one of the principles with which the administration is most concerned, the lived experiences of many students on campus tell otherwise. In my own case, I am one of very few Black students on campus. At an institution of over 40,000 students, I more [...]

By: Jeremiah Thompson I recently had the opportunity to listen to a panel of experts discuss potential ideas to aide low-income students attending (or aspiring to attend) higher education institutions.  Susan Dynarski, a professor with the Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Education, proposed simplifying the FAFSA. She cited studies showing that [...]

Last weekend, I attended the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. As a first time AERA participant, I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed—as I expected—by the number of people who descended on the River North area of town to share and learn from the latest educational research. It [...]

On November 25th 2011, an 18-year-old high school student from Mission, Texas, Joaquin Luna Jr., took his own life. Joaquin was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was a 6-month old infant. He had dreamed of becoming the first in his family to attend college, but after realizing that [...]

Last week, I had the opportunity to present alongside valued colleagues from the University of California Berkeley and Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) during the annual conference of NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. Our presentation, “Institutionalizing Support for Undocumented Student Success” provided national context for the educational imperative colleges and universities face to [...]

Recently a new team member joined the National Forum. Ilana Israel will be our new Admin! She is a native of Ann Arbor, MI. Ilana graduated from Elon University in NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Her interests include working with non-profit organizations, furthering her education and advocating for social justice and equality. She [...]

Ilana is a native of Ann Arbor, MI. She graduated from Elon University in NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Her interests include working with non-profit organizations, furthering her education, and advocating for social justice and equality. Ilana enjoys traveling, photography, spending time with friends, following sports and hanging out with her two [...]

Heather Hanosh is a master’s student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, concentrating in Student Access and Success. Her academic interests include student retention, social justice education, and inclusive practices.  She is from St. Clair Shores, Michigan and obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  Furthermore, Heather [...]

The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has hosted four webinars through the uLEAD Network, each addressing a different aspect of postsecondary access and support for immigrant and undocumented students. These webinars are an important part of our outreach, education, and advocacy efforts: they allow a national audience to learn from our [...]

Months of planning came together this past Tuesday with the National Forum’s webinar on the subject of Holistic Support for Undocumented Students in a Rapidly Changing Policy Environment. The webinar was a collaboration between the National Forum and several cosponsor organizations: the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), [...]