Josh Farris

Guest Blogger

Charlottesville, Virginia

Josh Farris is a 2019 alumnus of the University of Virginia (UVA). He graduated from the Curry School of Education and Human Development with a Bachelor of Science in youth and social innovation. Josh is a first-generation and low-income (FGLI) college graduate from a rural community in Southwest Virginia. Through his experience as an FGLI student in education, he has a passion for promoting equity and opportunity for FGLI students.

In 2019, Josh co-directed AL1GN, a national conference for FGLI students. Before graduating, he used remaining conference funds to start a student-led organization for FGLI students at UVA. He also helped design a curriculum within the Frank Batten Public Policy school to empower FGLI students to advocate for institutional change at UVA. Josh continues to informally serve and advise students and others within the FGLI community.

Until recently, he worked as an assistant at the UVA Career Center. Josh is currently seeking other opportunities to serve and promote equity in education for FGLI youth.

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Posted Apr. 3, 2020

COVID-19 School Closures Shine a Light on the Disparities That Exist for First-Gen and Low-Income Students

With the imminent threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), colleges across the country shut their doors to over 100,000 students. Many students…

By Josh Farris

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Posted July 19, 2021

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Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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