In response to President Obama’s summit on college education, our Executive Director, Diane Dodge wrote a compelling Op-Ed piece that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in March.
Published 4:23 pm, Sunday, March 9, 2014
by Diane Dodge
Given that a college degree is still the No. 1 thing to interrupt generations of poverty and increase opportunity in the job market, this is a welcome call to action. It is also a call to look at the complex set of problems that lead to the country’s dismal 20 percent graduation rate for students like the ones Michelle Obama talked about in her speech.
It’s my hope that resources will be put behind emulating and supporting programs that work and give students the tools they need to succeed. The East Bay College Fund was founded around a kitchen table over a decade ago. During that time, a core group has been grappling with and perfecting how to best help underrepresented youth manage and navigate the challenges of getting a college degree.