Interim Chair of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies Texas State University Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, LCSW is Associate Professor of Social Work and Interim Chair of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) at Texas State University. She holds the MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University and the PhD from Texas A&M University. Biggs, […]

Associate Professor, MES University Center Wayne County Community College District Harvey Dorrah, Jr. was a member of the graduate faculty at Central Michigan University (CMU) in the Department of Educational Leadership from January 1994 – December 2012. Before serving on the faculty at CMU, he served as Assistant to the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. […]

Vice President for Academic Affairs Union Institute & University Nelson Soto serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University. He provides leadership to assure the quality of the university’s academic programs, advancing the university’s mission of engaging, enlightening, and empowering students and continuing development of enrollment. “My vision for Union […]

Director, Education Programs University of Nevada Las Vegas, Lincy Institute Magdalena Martinez joined The Lincy Institute in September 2013 as the Director of Education Programs. Prior to UNLV, she served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Nevada System of Higher Education. In her role she was responsible for strengthening […]

Jasmine Bailey Project Manager Oakland University Biography Jasmine Bailey has worked in the School of Education and Human Services Outreach and Program Services since November 2009. Jasmine holds a BS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Training and Development with a concentration in Organization Development and Leadership from Oakland University. […]

Sarah E. Anthony Director of Finance & Strategic Partnership and Ingham County Commissioner Michigan College Access Network Biography Sarah Anthony is the Director of Finance and Strategic Partnerships for the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN). In this role, Sarah is responsible for the financial and administrative functions of the organization. Additionally, Sarah maintains existing and […]

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 […]

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 […]