Student Leaders & Food Insecurity


March 16, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles this week address food and housing insecurity among college students. In K-12 coverage, students share their thoughts on school safety.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The National College Access Network (NCAN) reports that while participation in AP courses has expanded, “significant racial and ethnic attainment gaps remain.”
  • Education Week shares highlights from Wednesday’s nationwide student walkout. Prior to the event, student organizers spoke with The 74 about the changes they hoped to see in their schools, including “more counselors and social workers — not police, metal detectors, or armed teachers.”


Higher Education:

  • According to CNN, a case that challenges affirmative action in college admissions may head to trial within the next few months.
  • The Los Angeles Times chronicles a day in the life of Ismael Chamu, a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Despite attending an elite research university, “Ismael constantly scrambles to find shelter and enough food for himself and his siblings while working a campus job, leading a student club and trying to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology.”
  • The Hechinger Report details the recent 1vyG conference and its attendees – first-generation, low-income students and administrators who are working to make elite institution more inclusive.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Narrative magazine publishes Cooke Scholar Jerry D. Mathes’ winning contribution to its Fall Story Contest.
  • The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) awards Seminole State College of Florida President Dr. E. Ann McGee with its Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award. Under her leadership, 17 PTK students at received the foundation’s Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.


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