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Taking the streets once more

On January 19th, 2019 thousands marched down Pennsylvania Ave for the third annual Women’s March. Scenes around Trump International Hotel have become familiar icons of our times.

A Reason For Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis knows what it’s like to feel as if you don’t belong on a campus. As a teenage mom at the College of William & Mary she balanced the challenges of academe with rearing an infant daughter. Lewis finished her degree, but she concedes, “My story is rare.” As the nonprofit organization she founded, Generation Hope, begins its ninth year, Lewis shares details about the program, which has grown to 100 students attending colleges in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To help them succeed, she says, “We have to pay more attention to what is happening in the lives of our students.”

Hungry to Learn

They barely make enough money to pay for college. Sometimes they have to choose between buying a textbook or buying food. Making rent, finding food, paying bills, raising a child, and dealing with abusive partners— these are some of the roadblocks many students face as they work toward earning their degrees. For this project five students shared their stories.

Peru From Above

Taking a break from my usual work related posts to add a few vacation pics. As an undergrad I majored in geography and have always wanted to see the Andes so Janice and I signed-up for a Field Guides trip that included Machu Picchu and birding up and over the Abra Malaga Pass. The mountains and Inca ruins did not disappoint. Here are a few photographs that capture the feel of the mountains.

A Day With a Recruiter

Courtney Connolly knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the recruiting table. Now a talent scout for a cloud-computing company, Connolly previously spent time in a campus career office after earning her master’s degree, in 2011. The different roles have given her perspective on how colleges and students should approach a career fair, and what she needs to do to survive the hectic job-hunting season.

‘My Professional World Has Gotten Smaller’

The shadows cast by sexual assault and harassment loom long after the behavior itself stops. That message has echoed across the #MeToo movement, and it has resounded with particular clarity in academe. Women who have experienced harassment have described its often-invisible professional repercussions — skipped conferences, spurned research opportunities, fractured personal networks.

The Chronicle spoke with three women about how harassment and assault have altered their professional paths. They outlined the practical steps they have taken to navigate fraught situations, and explained the personal toll of coming to terms with what they have experienced.

How a 21st-Century Learning Environment Helps Students Master Tough Subject

How do you turn a shopping mall into a 21st-century classroom? For Austin Community College, in Texas, the answer includes lots of open space, a large computer lab, and a commitment to individual attention. In the college’s ACCelerator, which opened in 2014, instructors work with small groups of students, at their own pace, to help them master challenging subjects like mathematics. The effort has proved enormously popular.

Running Out of Time In The Land of Opportunity

Over the past few years I have gotten to know several amazing “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children illegally by their parents. Sadhana Singh is one whose dignity and charisma makes an impression with all those she meets. I have known Sadhana for a couple years through interviewing students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and when she told me about the young man she is dating, a Haitian with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) I thought that they would be good subjects to show the real side of the immigration stalemate. As you can read they are getting ready to move on and make the most of their lives.

Adult Student cover shoot

The latest Chronicle of Higher Education report is out, this one on adult students is by Goldie Blumenstyk.

Facing Anxiety

Anxiety eclipses depression among college students, and the number who say it’s overwhelming them is on the rise. Campus counseling centers confront many challenges in trying to serve students, not the least of which is that mental health still has a stigma on campuses.

Here are the voices of five students explaining how they cope, what they’d like their professors to know, and what their peers need to hear. Sharing their stories, they hope, will lead to more open discussion of the daily struggles students face, and the support that could help them thrive.

‘Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill

Trying to leverage sympathetic democratic senators, DACA recipients and their supports staged days of sit-ins and peaceful protests hoping to get a clean vote on the Dream Act. Here is a link to the photo essay from one day on Capitol Hill.

A New High-Tech Learning Center Changed How These Professors Teach

When the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center opened this fall at the University of Maryland at College Park, students were not the only ones learning.

A College Town Takes On Its History and the Alt-Right

It’s hard to separate a college from the college town – or in this case the University of Virginia from Charlottesville. Here even the mayor is an adjunct professor. So as the town braces for what could be a significant gathering of the alt-right on August 12th residents talked about how they got to where they are today – and the difficult discussions about race that need to happen.

Thinking about School Choice


I’d been thinking about school choice and how to possible explore the issue. K-12 isn’t usually part of our mission since we focus on higher education, but when the U. Rochester mentioned this program in a pitch to interview their president, I had to find out more. There continue to be significant challenges for this community, but seemingly tuning out the current political rhetoric, these educators of focused on how to improve the lives of their inner-city youth.

 

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Is Always a Win

There was more than one set of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker at the March for Science and that made the event even more wonderful. Second in size only to the Women’s March, this celebration of the importance of research and facts was well attended, despite a steady rain. Here is the picture essay from the day.

Scenes from the March for Science and Earth Day, April 22 2017 on the mall, Washington, D.C.
Chronicle photo by Julia Schmalz

Groups That Oppose Abortion See Opportunity Under Trump

This year I attended the March for Life  for our sister publication, The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The story was on groups that oppose abortion see opportunity under Trump.

Scenes From the Women’s March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. Below the sea of pink, connections to academe were easily found below the surface.  Here is a photo essay from the day.

Scenes from the Women’s March on Washington following the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, Washington D.C.
Chronicle of Higher Education photo by Julia Schmalz

First Amendment

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

Reading this everyday.

Confirmation for Betsy DeVos

DeVos Takes Center Stage: Highlights From Her Confirmation Hearing

Ikie’s College Dream

I read and watched a lot of stories out of West Virginia out of the election and all were focusing on red vs. blue politics. I wanted to put a face on the story and hear firsthand what is going on in rural Appalachia. Ikie Brooks took me on a tour of his town and shared his story with me. Ikie is one of those students who is a true gem.