Diestefano Loma

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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 Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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