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Oct 20

Convocation: Deborah Bial

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Education strategist Deborah Bial addresses the challenges of college access for underrepresented populations

Friday, October 20th, 2017
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Deborah Bial Convocation

Deborah Bial,is the founder and president of the Posse Foundation. An education strategist, Bial addresses the challenges of college access for underrepresented populations by identifying and fostering latent talent and opening opportunities for them to pursue higher education. Traditional admissions metrics such as grade point average, class rank, and entrance exam scores have long been recognized as inadequate predictors of success for some undergraduates. Through her Posse Foundation, Bial offers an alternative model for identifying promising young people from less advantaged, urban environments. The most promising students are invited to join a “posse,” a small group that participates in an eight-month, pre-collegiate training program that builds individual and team skills and serves as an essential social support system once students arrive at college. In parallel, she develops partnerships with admissions officials from dozens of highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities, offering a powerful means to augment the cultural and economic diversity of their institutions.  The title of her presentation is "Diversity + Leadership and its Complicated Context." 

Sponsored by Carleton Convocations. Contact: Kerry Raadt, Carleton Convocations, x4308