The Experts by Experience podcast is a series of discussions with college students from Chicago who are navigating the current rupture in their educational journeys.

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Experts by Experience is a series of discussions with college students from Chicago who are navigating the current rupture in their educational journeys. Through our monthly discussions with students, we aim to shed light on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young Chicagoans who are pursuing higher education. These discussions provide opportunities for students to share their insights on how educators, policymakers, and college success practitioners can best support them through this new normal. The series also highlights the innovative ways that students themselves are adjusting in real time to rapidly evolving conditions.

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Experts by Experience Episode 4

For our fourth conversation, we are joined again by two CPS alumni, Guillermo and Jameelah, who graduated this spring from Stanford University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We focus on their reflections on the Class of 2020's college journey, beginning with the 2016 presidential election and ending with nationwide protests against racial violence and injustice, as well as the need for universities to design and implement actively anti-racist policies.

Experts by Experience Episode 3

Experts by Experience Episode 3

For our third conversation, we are joined by two CPS alumni, Guillermo and Jameelah, who graduated this spring from Stanford University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We focus on how they navigated through predominantly white institutions as students of color and the support systems that helped them make it through.

Experts by Experience Episode 2

For our second conversation, we are joined by two CPS graduates, Kiara and Yoselin, who are currently enrolled in City Colleges of Chicago. We focus on how they have been navigating the shift to online instruction and the impact of the exclusion of undocumented students in coronavirus college relief.

Experts by Experience Episode 1

For our first conversation, we are joined by two CPS graduates, Jessica and Yahriel, who are currently enrolled in 4-year institutions. We focus on how they have been navigating their transitions away from their physical campuses and the college communities many students have left behind in the last few weeks.