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.

Encouragement from Family and Friends-Key to My Growth

April 2022 | Sam Kaser, ACT Scholar and University of Iowa graduate student

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) at the University of Iowa’s College of Education. I earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science in business and communication, along with a minor in writing from Aquinas College; and, earned a Master of Arts in higher education with a concentration in institutional research from the University of Michigan.

Just-in-time College Advising

March 2022 | Bryan Contreras, vice president, myOptions®

For those who counsel one-on-one or one-on-many, it is critical for us to keep a pulse on the overwhelming stress students experience who feel “late” to the college application process senior year. Late winter is the right time of year for counselors to be intentional and bring into focus those students who may need our support and extra level of care.

Be Proud of Your Accomplishments

March 2022 | Lourdes Loera, ACT Scholar and Kirkwood Community College student

The biggest challenge I faced as a first-generation college student was learning to navigate the college academic system. Growing up, we never discussed the possibility of going to college due to the fear of the financial costs. When I decided to go back, I asked as many questions as I could and with the help of a few great people along the way, I was able to learn and adapt to the system.

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