Jessica Cañas is a Master’s student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Post-secondary Education with a concentration in Diversity and Social Justice. She has a B.S. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Jessica has worked for a grassroots environmental organization on the southeast side of Chicago as well as [...]

This summer, I had the privilege of teaching a group of teenage girls in Humjibre, Ghana for three weeks. The organization I volunteered through is the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). Their aim is to enable community members to improve their children’s health and education. By having these focuses, GHEI seeks to improve the [...]

  • 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 [...]

Alejandra Roel is native to South Texas and is now a rising Junior at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies. Outside of the forum, Alejandra is involved with the ALMA (Assisting Latinos to Maximize Achievement) program as volunteer liaison as well as Music Matters as a student concert producer. This [...]

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 [...]

Jaqueline (Jaqui) Duarte is wrapping up her senior year as a proud wolverine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (GO BLUE!).  She is pursuing a degree in Sociology with a minor in Latina/o Studies.  She was born and raised in the Windy City, Chicago, IL.  Jaqui is very interested in education policy, more specifically higher [...]

By John Burkhardt Last week I was in Fort Worth, Texas visiting with an individual who has directed some of his wealth to support colleges and university students in their efforts to learn about the role of philanthropy in U.S. society.  His foundation has provided $100,000 to allow UM students in our ED 769 class [...]

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our funders, and their continued generosity and support of our work. Below is a list of our previous funders. For more information on specific funded projects, please visit our Funded Projects page. To view our current funders, visit the Current Funding Partners page. Previous Funders American College Personnel Association [...]

In spring of 2012, the National Forum was invited to partner with Focus: HOPE to create a research project about education attainment and culture in the community.  Focus: HOPE is a civil rights organization founded in 1968 that serves the community in the HOPE Village neighborhood of Detroit.  For over forty years, Focus: HOPE has [...]

Kathy is a third year dual masters student in public policy and higher education at the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Florida in Criminology with a focus on juvenile justice.  Her desire to improve educational outcomes for underserved students led her to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in [...]