Diestefano Loma

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Student

Chicago, Illinois

Diestefano “DJ” Loma is a first-generation college student at the University of Chicago majoring in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a minor in Latin American Studies. He is pursuing his passion for journalism and broadcasting. A lifelong Chicagoan, DJ works with the nonprofit organization High Jump, a two-year academic enrichment program geared to academically advanced middle school students of limited economic means. As a High Jump alum, DJ looks to continue helping low-income, first-generation students, and bringing awareness to the disadvantages these students face when it comes to education in Chicago.

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Posted May 17, 2019

What Every First-Gen Student Needs to Know About Attending a Predominately White Institution

Dear first-generation, low-income, immigrant high school seniors, You’re about to accomplish a major milestone. Not only have you made your…

By Diestefano Loma

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

Not Every Kid Looks Forward to Holiday Breaks

As a kid, I didn’t look forward to the holidays as much as my classmates did because it meant more time in a home that…

By Kelly D. Holstine

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