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Dr. Anthony Jack, "The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students"

October 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Anthony Jack, “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students”

Get­ting into col­lege for dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents is only half the bat­tle. Dr. Anthony Abra­ham Jack dis­cusses stu­dents he’s named the Priv­i­leged Poor: lower income stu­dents at elite col­lege cam­puses. He reveals how and why they strug­gle and explains what schools can do dif­fer­ently if these stu­dents are to thrive. He urges us to grap­ple with a sim­ple fact: access ain’t inclusion.

Anthony Abra­ham Jack is cur­rently a Junior Fel­low at the Har­vard Soci­ety of Fel­lows, an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of Edu­ca­tion, and the Shutzer Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Rad­cliffe Insti­tute for Advanced Study. His research doc­u­ments over­looked diver­sity among lower-income under­grad­u­ates: the dou­bly dis­ad­van­taged – those who enter col­lege from local, typ­i­cally dis­tressed pub­lic high schools – and the priv­i­leged poor – those who do so from board­ing, day, and prepara­tory high schools.

His schol­ar­ship appears in The Com­mon Reader, Du Bois Review, Soci­o­log­i­cal Forum, and Soci­ol­ogy of Edu­ca­tion, and has earned awards from the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Pub­lish­ers, Amer­i­can Soci­o­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Edu­ca­tional Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion, Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Higher Edu­ca­tion, East­ern Soci­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety, and the Soci­ety for the Study of Social Prob­lems. Tony held fel­low­ships from the Ford Foun­da­tion and the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion and was a 2015 National Acad­emy of Education/​Spencer Foun­da­tion Dis­ser­ta­tion Fel­low. The National Cen­ter for Insti­tu­tional Diver­sity at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan named him a 2016 Emerg­ing Diver­sity Scholar. In 2020, Muh­len­berg Col­lege awarded him an hon­orary degree for his work in trans­form­ing higher education.

The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Chron­i­cle of Higher Edu­ca­tion, The Nation, Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive Mag­a­zine, The National Review, The Wash­ing­ton Post, CNN, Vice, Vox, and NPR have fea­tured his research and writ­ing as well as bio­graph­i­cal pro­files of his expe­ri­ences as a first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dent. His first book, The Priv­i­leged Poor: How Elite Col­leges Are Fail­ing Poor Stu­dents was awarded the 2020 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, 2019 CEP Mil­dred Gar­cia Award (Junior) for Exem­plary Schol­ar­ship, and the Thomas J. Wil­son Memo­r­ial Prize and also named a NPR Book’s best Book of 2019.


This event is free and open to the pub­lic, and we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing it acces­si­ble to all atten­dees. This event will be online using the Zoom plat­form with an auto-gen­er­ated Live Tran­script avail­able. If you antic­i­pate need­ing any addi­tional accom­mo­da­tions, please email bbscott@​umich.​edu at least one week in advance of the sched­uled event so we can arrange for your accom­mo­da­tion or an effec­tive alternative.

This event is pre­sented by the University of Michigan Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, Taub­man Col­lege of Architecture & Urban Planning, and the Stamps School of Art & Design


October 13, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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