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Susan Dynarski: Giving Back to Other First Generation College Students

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Published on Sep 19, 2016

Once, she was a first-generation college student from a working-class suburb of Boston. Now, she is an internationally renowned professor of education policy with the ear of the White House. So Susan Dynarski, a University of Michigan professor of public policy, education and economics, knows that education can be transformational. http://ns.umich.edu/features/dynarski/

But Dynarski, whose research focuses on educational disparities and how to overcome them, also knows how unusual her own story is, citing “enormous disparities by income—by accident of birth—in who goes to college.”

There’s a sensitivity that comes from being a first-generation college student, says Dynarski. Those struggles inform her theories and drive her research agenda.

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