Student Voice: BIF and College Board Unveil New National Initiative about the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color

On Monday June 20 in Cambridge, Mass., and on Tuesday June 21 in Washington, DC, the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center will release two new reports on The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color that provide the most comprehensive data, research findings and recommendations to improve the educational experiences and pathways of young men of color.

Combined with findings from in-depth student interviews and video student voices, produced in collaboration with the Business Innovation Factory's Student Experience Lab, these two studies provide a compelling narrative that tracks the progress and pitfalls for young men of color on their way to a college degree.

The report and launch of this new national initiative will be announced at an event on June 20th at 2 p.m hosted in collaboration with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research. A distinguished panel, moderated by National Public Radio's Claudio Sanchez will include Representative Joaquin Castro, Special Assistant to the President for Education Roberto Rodriguez, Yale Professor James Comer, Actor/Activist Hill Harper, among others. The event will be live webcasted here and you are invited to join Katherine @thebif Hypolite for a lively twitter chat at #studentvoice.

Putting the Student Center-Stage in the Innovation Conversation

In an initiative that began last year, BIF's Student Experience Lab embarked on an effort to understand the higher education experiences of young men of color in order to add their voice to the discussion of how to better meet their needs. Together we explored the experiences of 92 African-American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students from 39 institutions across the country to learn how they get ready, get in and get through college.

In addition to today's event, the work is also unveiled through a dynamic digital platform that includes the voices of the students - through video and audio interviews - as well as data and information from the additional literature and landscape review conducted by College Board. There are several ways for you to interact with the initiative:

What's Next

When it comes to transformation in education, we believe that the student should be at the center of the conversation. Bringing the first-person perspective to the table is our passion and we are downright bullish about building a set of solutions that work around the students whose lives deserve a whole lot more. As BIF now turns its attention to identifying actionable solutions that can begin to erase the disparities in educational attainment for these students we invite our community to learn more.

In the coming weeks we'll begin a series of conversations to tackle key implication areas from the release and welcome all participation.

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