East Bay College Fund calls for action, resources

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

The Obamas held a summit on college education in January and asked for and received commitments from major universities and nonprofits to increase their efforts to ensure that by the year 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

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.

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