College statistics are bleak this year. To date, overall applications are down 8%, and fall enrollment is several percentage points lower than it was last year.

While the pandemic affects us all, it does not affect us equally. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, enrollment numbers for students from low-income backgrounds have dropped a whopping 29%. Additionally, the completion rate for federal financial aid applications (FAFSA) is down 16% from last year.

Why?

Unsurprisingly, the most vulnerable populations are even more vulnerable in a crisis. Students are reevaluating the time and financial commitment required to attend college, especially when it…


We just launched a career pathways navigational tool; think, Glassdoor for online training. Here’s why:

It’s Thursday, July 16, 2020. I receive a text from a former student who has recently graduated from a public high school in east Oakland. She asks whether I have information about paralegal certificates since she has struggled to find anything online. I ask her if this is for an internship, since the last time we spoke, she was enrolled at CSU Chico, a four-year state school in CA.

A (student’s name has been changed to protect her privacy)
Honestly, I’m not too sure. I figure…


This letter is addressed to “those of us in power,” but it’s really a letter for anyone. It was written with employers in mind — executives with the power to hire and fire — but it is also for anyone with the resources to make a change and the desire to live and work with compassion. I hope you’ll join us too.
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To Those of Us in Power,

Out of love for our nation and fear for our self-destruction — more than from anger or shame — I write to ask for your help. The current moment demands not…

Claire Fisher

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