At the risk of distracting us from devising appropriately "narrowly tailored" means for increasing diversity in higher education guided by the Fisher decision, I'd like to suggest we step back from our law books, databases, and spreadsheets and...
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This article is so fascinating because it touches upon social mobility through the educational system. It address the fact that not many lower-income students attend secondary education- especially public or private universities- if anything they continue on to community college. While all universities have a minimum number or minority students they must admit, there is still a large gap. This article advocated to really dive into lower-income areas and help students realize their potential to that they may continue on in their education, become successful, and make a difference. It addresses the imporance of "building communities and cultivating talent" byt teaching into "geographies of opportunity where new talent is growing fast but current opportunities to cultivate the net diverse generation are scare."
I think the reason this gap exists is because many lower-income students feel like they can't apply to a higher education institution because they can't afford it, or no one in their family has ever gone on to do that, or it's just not realistic. The idea that institutions should go out of their way to go into communities and look for talent is so fascinating to me. This could give students the idea that, hey, you know, I really am worth it and I can go on to college. Maybe this is just the motivation they need?
The article then discusses a program that New York and Syracuse University have adapted with the help of many private donors. They're providing the money for scholarships and tuitions to afford these students the opportunity. Though I understand there's only so many students this can help, I think it's a start. If we can create a culture that promotes lower- income educational success with one student, it will have a domino effect and people will feel inspired to go on and do the same.