Huong Nguyen is a sophomore in the school of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Growing up in the city of Lansing, Michigan, she has always been interested in community impact. She and her family experienced firsthand the powerful impact that help and support can make in difficult times when they moved to the U.S. from [...]

“At the core of our work is a desire to make a difference in our society through impacting the way higher education responds to its role to serve the public good.” – Betty Overton, Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good  The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good [...]

As a part of the community engagement team I have had the fortunate opportunity to work closely with Marygrove College in helping them achieve their integrative urban leadership vision.  Marygrove’s goal is to develop urban leaders through the explicit integration of urban leadership principles in, among other things, their course curriculum.  Though I have only [...]

Over the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of participating in a series of events that each highlighted, in their own way, the necessity of foregrounding a public good mission in American higher education. On November 5-6, the Rackham Graduate School here at the University of Michigan hosted a compelling Summit on Diversity [...]

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 [...]

  • Sep 18, 2013
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Join the National Forum’s Educate the Future social media campaign by uploading a brief video of yourself to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram completing this sentence:   “I will use education to change…” #educatethefuture   For a chance to be featured in the social media campaign centered around the premiere of  THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS on Monday, October [...]

  • Sep 18, 2013
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According to recently released U.S. Census data compiled by the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, the higher education enrollment rate of 18- to 24-year-old Latino high school graduates reached 49 percent in 2012, surpassing that of White high school graduates for the first time. However, there are numerous reports that indicate that although Latinos [...]

  • 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 [...]

Marisol Ramos What was your greatest achievement at UM/the Forum? I am happy with progress related to the uLEAD project and believe that while there is still a lot of work to be done with the website, the uLEAD Network has the potential to support the work of the Forum but also support access for [...]