Video & Audio
This video, narrated by E3 director Dr. Juan Carlos Arauz, introduces the organization's mission to re-define educational excellence for a changing world. Dr. Arauz argues that in their day to day lives, urban youth develop many of the qualities Fortune 500 companies look for in their workforce, yet can not find in the current population of college graduates.
The Challenges of Being a First-Generation College Student
First-Generation college students face more than just academic obstacles in higher education: they also tend to struggle to form a new identity and supportive community as they cross educational borderlands. Without a well-developed sense of self, cultural competence, and critical consciousness, these cultural challenges will ultimately compromise their academic potential.
Leading scholar of culturally responsive teaching Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings describes the characteristics and beliefs of culturally competent teachers, especially focusing on the way the view their students' culture and potential. She says, culturally competent teachers "push and stretch their kids because they have no way of knowing where the next genius resides."
Cultural Competence and Critical Consciousness in Special Education
Jennifer Keelan discusses the importance of learning at a young age to love her identity as a woman with a disability.