Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

At this point in my career, I am ready to take my leadership and passion for educational equity to a new level of impact. A Master’s will provide me with an advanced understanding of education policy and the tools to make a broader difference in education. My goal is to lead a national nonprofit or school district, where I will continue dismantling systemic barriers that exist in education and create more access to strong programming for all students despite race, class, gender, citizenship, and GPA. There is more work to be done at the non-profit and school district level to close the achievement gap experienced by students of color. I am eager to acquire the skills that will help me manage and lead culturally competent staff who are passionate about giving students the tools they need to uplift themselves, creating equitable learning environments, and developing sustainable programs. I want students to feel that they are adequately prepared, have the ability to succeed at any post-secondary institution, and have a network of people who genuinely believe in them and are rooting for their success. This will have the domino effect that we all envision to ultimately improve our community and then change the world.

Michelle from California
HARVARD (Fall 2019)