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 [...]

Tim Carroll is a master’s student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, where his interests include higher education policy, access and equity, and the nonprofit sector. Originally from Kirksville, Missouri, he has a B.A. in American Studies from Carleton College. After leaving Carleton, he taught English at a secondary school [...]

Kamaria Porter is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History, Kamaria  worked as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.  Focusing on increasing affordable housing and [...]

“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 [...]

While looking back at my previous blog post that I wrote shortly after arriving at the National Forum, I realized how many new skills I have actually gained since starting in May. I will be graduating from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education in December and I’m on my way out [...]

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 [...]

I have come to realize that the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good is literally a forum. In the short time I have been here, it has become a physical place where I go to engage in rich conversations with professors, staff and my peers around the higher education issues that concern [...]

At our first pre-screening of the film, The Graduates, the panelists talked about their experience with mentorship and how it has affected their lives. Listening to the conversation has led me to reflect on my life and experiences and the role that mentorship has played in all of it. As a Latina and first generation [...]

In my year of serving on the Finance and Stewardship team of the National Forum, I have learned much about the strategy and collaboration that goes into each letter of intent or proposal prepared by our project teams. While I am certainly not an expert in grant writing now, I think that many of the [...]

Prior to my arrival at the University of Michigan and the National Forum I worked as the program director for the College Preparation and Leadership program (CPLP) at Mott Haven Village Prep High School in the Bronx.  The program provides all college and career prep related services for the students in the high school, from [...]