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December 4, 2021

How going to college affects future generations of your family, with Danette Howard
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It’s widely recognized today that the society divides citizens based on income, education level, and job titles. But to be a fair and just country that lives up to the ideals around equal opportunity, we have to do something to address racial inequality, so that everyone has access to the education and training they need for good jobs.

Lumina Foundation’s Danette Howard knows this first-hand. When she was 6 months old, her mother decided to go back to school. Danette says the decision to be the first in your family to get a college degree changes not only your life, but everyone who comes after you. It took 10 years to get that degree, but because Danette’s mom was able to go back to school, her entire family had a better chance for success.

It's not enough that just some of have access to gaining these credentials. Everyone should have the opportunity to determine their best path, just like Danette's mother did. That's part of what drives Danette in her support of the Lumina goal of much wider educational attainment for the nation.


Read the video transcript: bigthink.com/videos/college-education/

This video was created in partnership with Lumina.

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About Danette Howard:
Danette Gerald Howard, Ph.D. is senior vice president and chief policy officer at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies to increase Americans’ attainment of high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials, including strategic work in both state and federal policy and efforts to leverage states as the drivers of credential attainment. She also leads the Foundation’s Equity First efforts to embed racial equity and justice in all aspects of Lumina’s strategic work and operations.

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