Whenever I return home to my Holy Cross community at Notre Dame, someone inevitably asks that most fateful of questions, “So, when are you going to finish this degree?!” Actually, many of my brothers ask that question, sometimes even those whom I have chastised in the past for committing this egregious sin of putting a [...]

  • Aug 5, 2013
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The roots of our connection to Brightmoor began with our initial reflections regarding the importance of college access in communities across the state of Michigan.  When we decided to research the benefits of having a college degree at multiple levels of analysis, we began by examining the decision-making process that Michigan students and families go [...]

  • Jul 25, 2013
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May 16-17, 2011 Higher Education Access Lumina Foundation Indianapolis, IN The National Forum has launched  a series of focused conversations, which have been organized by local institutions paired with influential national partners. We have promoted this series of meetings by providing modest seed money and organizational support. We have focused on three important determinants for [...]

By Jon McNaughtan Earlier this month, the National Forum hosted a two-day event in conjunction with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE).  Focusing on the importance of integrating immigrant students into American community colleges, multiple discussion sessions addressed critical areas of concern for many of the nation’s community colleges: developing supportive networks for [...]

By Jon McNaughtan Earlier this month, the National Forum hosted a two-day event in conjunction with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE).  Focusing on the importance of integrating immigrant students into American community colleges, multiple discussion sessions addressed critical areas of concern for many of the nation’s community colleges: developing supportive networks for [...]

By Kelly Finzer On Wednesday, April 10th, Gina Gallagher, Dr. Burkhardt, and I joined with some outstanding high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Baldwin High School for dinner at Ann Arbor favorite, Pizza House.  These students were on a tour of nine colleges in Southeastern Michigan, gathering information and ideas about the different types [...]

We caught up with Legendary Musician, Nate Mueting, on his National Forum experience and his future plans. Read on to see where he’s off to next!  What brought you to have an interest in the field of philanthropy in the first place?  I had always had an interest in the administrative side of higher education, [...]

By Gina Gallagher  Last fall, in EDUC 769, my classmates and I were able to experience a unique and powerful lesson in philanthropy. Thanks to the gift of a generous donor, we were able to give $100,000 worth of grants to two very worthy non-profits. We were so enthused by the project that a few [...]

By Sarah Erwin One of the core foundations of the United States is the idea of “the American Dream.”  This American Dream is something that I recall being pounded into my head every year in elementary school.  After a course on philanthropy, my opinion of the American Dream has changed quite drastically from the one [...]

By Kelly Finzer With new years come new classes, new assignments, and – most importantly – new opportunities.  The year 2012 ended on a high note at the National Forum, including bringing home a few new grants to continue our Access and Community Engagement work.  While our teams are excited to focus on the work [...]