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…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

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