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 Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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