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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.

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. The topic of our conversation with Guillermo and Jameelah is different from our past topics: we focus on how they navigated through predominantly white institutions as students of color and the support systems that helped them make it through. This information is increasingly valuable as recent research from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that Black and Latinx students’ college persistence journeys have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

Tune in again soon to hear the second installment of our conversation with Guillermo and Jameelah in Episode 4 of Experts by Experience. They will reflect 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.

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Resources for Students

Guillermo founded Chicago Latinx Scholars, an organization run solely by volunteers ranging from high school students to professionals. Volunteers for Chicago Latinx Scholars collaboratively work together to tackle community issues through events, professional and educational resources, and opportunities for communities to thrive. The mission of Chicago Latinx Scholars is to help build a strong community of Latinx scholars and professionals through developing relationships, sharing resources, and creating opportunities. Join the Chicago Latinx Scholars Facebook group.


Previous Episodes

Listen to the second episode of Experts by Experience, "Robbed of Those Experiences" with Kiara & Yoselin.

Listen to the first episode of Experts by Experience, "The Energy to Adapt" with Yahriel & Yessica.

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