Toward a path less riddled

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.While working on his dissertation on how low-income students fare in elite universities, Anthony Abraham Jack heard a certain troubling story one too many times.Each spring break, students stuck on campus — many of them low-income — faced closed dining halls and had little alternative but a rotation of sandwiches, canned beans, and Ramen instant noodles.Jack, who was halfway through his doctorate in sociology at Harvard at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, shared his research with school administrators, and the University launched a pilot program in 2014 to keep the dining halls open. This year, the College gave out vouchers, which were also available over winter break.For Jack, whose findings on economic diversity at elite colleges have brought him national recognition, Harvard’s response was a powerful signal. It meant that his research could improve lives.It’s a mission he plans to continue in his new position. After receiving his doctorate, Jack will join Harvard’s prestigious Society of Fellows. In three years, he’ll become an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education and a Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.“As long as I have the energy, I’m going to push colleges to create an environment where more students, especially those who are underprivileged, leave colleges whole and healthy,” he said in a conversation at Mather House, where he is the resident tutor. “They can’t leave broken and beaten.”It’s a story Jack knows well.The middle son of a single mother who worked as a school security guard, Jack grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Coconut Grove, Fla. An ambitious student from a young age, he attended a magnet program in middle school and a private high school in his senior year on a scholarship.In 2003, he was offered full financial aid by Amherst College and became the first in his family to go to college.When Jack graduated cum laude, his class was the most diverse that Amherst had ever seen, he said. His journey from Miami to Amherst drew the attention of The New York Times, which ran an audio feature about an essay he wrote at Amherst. In it, he said that his path was not “from the bottom to the top” because his life before Amherst was not “anywhere near the bottom.”Jack credits his success to his drive and the support of a tightly knit family. His mother, Marilyn, attended every school activity he participated in. If she and his siblings are his biggest cheerleaders, they also keep him grounded, he said.Jack uses the term “privileged poor” for low-income students who attend rich high schools, where they acquire social and cultural capital that helps them succeed in college. The “doubly disadvantaged” are low-income students who attend distressed public schools in poor neighborhoods and often struggle in top-ranked colleges.“If you’ve been in an environment where teachers are authority figures with no contact outside the class, and you were one of 50 students, when you come to Harvard, you’re going to behave the same. You don’t go to office hours, and you don’t feel comfortable talking to professors,” he explained.When asked whether he’s among the privileged poor, Jack, a genial man with an easy smile, burst into laughter.“Yes, but I only did private school for one year, which gave me a beautiful introduction to college,” he said, “but not the kind of immersion some of my students had.”Jack marvels at how much progress has been made since 1998, when Princeton became the first Ivy League university to offer full financial aid to talented low-income students, but he believes more needs to be done.Of his decision to stay at Harvard, Jack said he hopes to provide a platform to promote changes that can help low-income students make the most of college, and help universities enact policies that can reduce the perpetuation of inequality.“Harvard gives me the opportunity to talk to the world on behalf of those students who entrusted me with their stories,” he said. “I want to make sure their path is less riddled with hurdles and obstacles.”last_img read more

Workshop to increase trade commences in Dominica

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Workshop to increase trade commences in Dominica by: – December 13, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 48 Views   no discussions Daryl Bobb. Photo credit: open.uwi.eduA series of workshops to increase trade in services is expected to get underway in Dominica on Tuesday.The event which is being organized by the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries is expected to attract small businesses in several sectors including engineering, cultural, ICT, health and wellness. Public Relations Officer of the Coalition of Service Industries Daryl Bobb says while tourism is a key sector within the region, the business service sector presents tremendous, untapped export potential in most countries.He says some analysts have predicted export growth to reach nearly half of all world trade by 2020.“In recent years, technological advances have had a tremendous impact on increasing trade in services, as many business services can now be marketed and delivered online. Promoting trade in services offers developing countries the opportunity to diversify trade and contribute to job creation and development. Yet, the sector is often overlooked as a development opportunity, even though the business and professional services sector has been the fastest-growing area of international trade. Studies have consistently indicated that services – and services exporting – are generally misunderstood. Creating awareness about service exporters and their needs is the first step in increasing trade in this promising area for developing countries,” he said.According to Bobb, under a regional CARICOM initiative, efforts have been made to organize this fragmented and diverse sector through the establishment of Coalitions of Services Industries in several Eastern Caribbean countries. “These Coalitions would increase awareness about opportunities to export services; provide a lobby with a single voice for economic reform; and address the horizontal needs of its member companies and associations,” he said.The event will be held at the La Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


first_imgHOW DID HE ARRIVE AT THE NAME, HOW ABOUT ZERO:  “A friend of mine sent his kid over to me to work as an intern (in his financial business). When he asked me how much he was going to be making, I said ‘Ten dollars an hour.’ He said ‘How about 15?’  So I told him, ‘How about zero?’(Reddam also noted “the kid” was in fact hired at $10 per hour and that he “worked out fine.”) MARIO GUTIERREZ, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER:  The post position was good, everything was good. She settled nicely and we had a good pace, which we thought we would. She’s a really nice filly and she proved it today.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img DOUG O’NEILL, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: “Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job with this maiden. He took advantage of the 10 post and kept her in the clear. Mario thought after the last race that maybe a set of blinkers would do the trick. She came up empty the last time, but we had a lot of confidence in her.  She showed today coming down the lane that she is still a little green. I think the blinkers made her focus more. Those Square Eddie horses really run. That’s like in baseball having the Mickey Mantle bloodline. She is a big stout filly and really mentally and physically tough. I will talk to the Reddams. I think you might see this filly in open company the next time.”PAUL REDDAM, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “We were high on her last time, but she was very green and she wouldn’t change leads. I was absolutely shocked we were 10-1 today. I thought she’d be 4-1, even with me betting! This was a nice way to break your maiden.” NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.last_img read more