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From lost child of Africa to academic scholar

From lost child of Africa to academic scholar

| May 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ibrahim began his life as one of Africa’s lost children, like so many others. He was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and cannot remember life with his birth parents. They were murdered in the country’s violent civil war when he was four years old, a time of horror in his young life blocked from memory.

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As America’s society changes, education must change at all levels

As America’s society changes, education must change at all levels

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recognizing that America has become a society of diverse people and many cultures, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has wanted to make sure that all people in all strata of today’s America have a fair shot at the dream of higher education. Dr. Jane Anderson is the academic leader behind the programs.

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Janet Willis: Teacher, Mentor, Advocate and Surrogate Mom

Janet Willis: Teacher, Mentor, Advocate and Surrogate Mom

| March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Janet Willis was on Facebook at one o’clock in the morning recently to tell some of her students to get off-line on a school night and go to bed. Such late night duties are not in her job description but rather in her personal commitment to help First Generation scholars to succeed.

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Despite past challenges, a freshman embraces the importance of scholastics and essence of wisdom

Despite past challenges, a freshman embraces the importance of scholastics and essence of wisdom

| March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chris has his sights already set on his career goal after college of writing … storytelling … in motion pictures. He knows it’s a field that requires perspective, depth of vision and an understanding for the essence of wisdom. Despite his age, 19, Chris speaks with learned wisdom.

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First Generation scholar finds education and music as pathways to serving others

First Generation scholar finds education and music as pathways to serving others

| March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

When it comes to succeeding against the odds, Markeise knows no bounds. Markeise Russell grew up living in his aunt’s home as the result of struggles in the personal lives of his parents. He didn’t know his parents well. As a child Markeise suffered from the effects of feeling unloved and unwanted by his parents.

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An honor student comes from determination not to be another statistic

An honor student comes from determination not to be another statistic

| March 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tiearra’s life growing up was fraught with obstacles, racism and peril at every turn. All odds were stacked against her to become yet another victim of “the system” of children without parents – African American, female and a tragic past that had been beyond her control.

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First Generation vision is contemporary reflection of traditional Lasallian principles

First Generation vision is contemporary reflection of traditional Lasallian principles

| March 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

While the principles upon which First Generation Initiative are based are fundamental of a Lasallian education, Brother William Mann broadened the vision during his inaugural address in 2008 at the new President of Saint Mary’s University.

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How First Generation Initiative tackles America’s growing higher education gap

How First Generation Initiative tackles America’s growing higher education gap

| March 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

Within the current public discourse about America’s shrinking middle class and the growing gulf between the extremely wealthy and the swelling ranks of poor, First Generation Initiative (FGI) is focused on increasing higher education graduation rate for low-income students.

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