ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning

ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning  is committed to showcasing and supporting ACT’s efforts to close  opportunity and outcome gaps for all individuals, including: students  of color; first-generation students; families  with economic challenges; and exceptional and diverse  learners.

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Equity in Action

Stay informed through ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning blog which offers thought leadership and reflective pieces on barriers and solutions to help students who are systemically underserved achieve education and career success.

You Can Do This

My motivation for going to school was to overcome the obstacle of my heritage. I did not want to be an uneducated African American. I prefer to be a well-respected scholar for my community and ancestors. Also, I love everything about learning and I challenge myself to achieve in everything.

June 2021
Briarri Bryant, ACT Scholar and Kirkwood Community College student
Taking a Look at Public Transit and Community College Access

Are community colleges accessible by public transit? Does a student need to own a car to attend community college? Transit infrastructure is a critical component of community college access and affordability, but the absence of national survey data and analysis has hampered coordinated support for students.

July 2021
Ellie Bruecker, senior research associate, Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation
It’s Possible to Become Who You Want to Be

What was your motivation for going to college and earning a degree? I knew that I wanted to go to college and continue my education because it was something that my dad couldn’t afford for himself. My dad is from a poor, small town in Mexico where at the age of eight he immigrated with my abuela looking for the American dream, leaving behind his siblings. When he arrived, he had to learn English quickly to translate for my abuela, while still living in poverty.

July 2021
Sage Rodriguez, ACT Scholar and Kirkwood Community College student

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