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Common Read: The Privileged Poor

Resources for the School of Education and Human Development's Common Read Spring 2021


Each year, the School of Education and Human Development Diversity Action Committee, in consultation with the school community, chooses a book to serve as the Common Read. The Common Read provides a venue for learning, sharing diverse points of view, fostering open discussion, and building respect for each other and new and different ideas. This year's Common Read is The Privileged Poor by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack.


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The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors—and their coffers—to support a more diverse student body. But is it enough just to admit these students? In The Privileged Poor, Anthony Jack reveals that the struggles of less privileged students continue long after they’ve arrived on campus. Admission, they quickly learn, is not the same as acceptance. This bracing and necessary book documents how university policies and cultures can exacerbate preexisting inequalities and reveals why these policies hit some students harder than others.