Rats Like Me

Conventional wisdom likes to reserve a particular path for talented scholars like Katie Joa ’12, toward the kind of job that draws ready accolades and gets the glamour treatment from 10 o’clock television dramas. But a funny thing happened to Joa on the way to her dream of becoming a neurosurgeon: A group of lab … More Rats Like Me

Change Agents

Lessons from a decade of working in a Kenyan slum Rye Barcott ’01 traveled to Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa, as a senior on a Burch Fellowship in 2000, intending to research the lives of the young people there. Where other visitors might have stood at its entrance and seen only the crushing … More Change Agents

Go Figure!

Carolina crunches the numbers and starts over again – at 101 published in Carolina Alumni Review, November/December 2006 Where does an old course number go to retire? If I visit Boca Raton in the coming months, will I find Econ 10 sipping a pina colada on a chaise lounge at the timeshare he bought with … More Go Figure!

Great Expectations

Here’s the school you wish your kids attended. Start with students who’ve had few chances, set high goals and watch the narrowing of the achievement gap – what Dacia Toll ’94 calls ‘the civil rights issue of our generation.’ On the last day of school before spring break, Kelly Clement sat on a stool in … More Great Expectations

Outperforming the Suburbs? Show Me Where to Sign Up

When she interviewed for a teaching position at Amistad Academy in 2000, Shanta Morrison Smith ’99 required no introduction to the educational challenges of growing up in the desperate landscape of New Haven, Conn. She lived it. “My memories of it were that you had a lot of teachers who were working hard, but they … More Outperforming the Suburbs? Show Me Where to Sign Up