The College of Education’s Upward Bound program is designed to help low-income, first-generation high school students prepare for college. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, it helps participants strengthen their academic skills, increase their awareness about college and careers, and navigate the college application and financial aid processes.
When Francesca Pernice, associate professor of educational psychology and director of counseling psychology in the Division of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations in the College of Education at Wayne State University, began learning about clubhouses in the early 90s, she was astounded.
Luanne Romano always wanted to work with children. Her father — who earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State — encouraged her to attend his alma mater, but she had other plans. She enrolled in a nuclear medicine technology program at the University of Detroit after high school. Two years later, she realized it was not the right fit.
As a young woman, Erica Edwards was inspired by a quote: “Be the kind of woman a girl like you needed.” As an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the Wayne State University College of Education, Edwards strives to be that woman in her teaching, research and service.
Janis Rossman-Kaufman, founder and director of the Neighborhood Services Organization’s Life Choices Art Therapy/Art Microenterprise program, credits her success to Wayne State University, where she enrolled after graduating from Southfield High School.
Upon returning from serving the U.S. Marines in 1971, nothing could stop Rufus McGaugh from registering for classes. On his first morning home, the Purple Heart recipient drove his mother to work so he could use the family car to get to Wayne State.
Gretchen Mohney is on a mission. As director of Wayne State University’s new athletic training program — which is housed in Gretchen Mohney the College of Education’s Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies — she is focused on preparing graduates who can adapt to the growing, changing health care profession; meet needs of diverse patient populations; and address issues of health equity, particularly in Detroit.
In the mid-90s, attacks against affirmative action, bilingual education and immigrants resulted in challenging social and educational environments for students of color in schools and colleges. As a staff member working in student affairs at the University of California, Riverside, Roland Sintos Coloma wanted to support marginalized students in their pursuit of higher education.