SXSW Features Ed Equity Lab in Two Live Panels at SXSW EDU 2022


It’s been an exciting past few months at the National Education Equity Lab. 
To begin, a rapidly expanding consortium of top universities has  joined our efforts to expand economic mobility by bringing top colleges into underserved high schools, at scale. Thank you to the following universities partnering with us to offer, and support, college credit bearing courses in historically underserved high school classrooms across the nation, at no cost to students: 

Howard, Princeton, Cornell, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Columbia/Barnard, Wesleyan, Georgetown, Arizona State University, Brown, University of California Berkeley and University of California Davis. 
This model was designed for scale – and is scaling rapidly to meet the urgency of demand. Since starting in 2019, we’re serving students in 32 states, 90+ cities, and expect to reach 10,000 students by the end of 2022 – from Flint, and Navajo Nation to New York City, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. Student success rates exceed 80% – confirming that talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.  
In recognition of this, we were asked to present at SXSW  – where our students received a rare standing ovation after their panel, with New York Times reporter Erica Green! (Student Voices: Solving the College Access Gap)



“I don’t usually do these types of panels, but I think the Ed Equity Lab is doing something powerful, and different. [To the scholar panelists] Tell me what you got from your time with the Lab?”
— Erica Green, Reporter, New York Times 



“Seriously? [laughter] It changed everything. None of my close friends are going to college, I probably would’ve been the same.  It showed me what was out there, what I could do. When my Ed Equity advisor asked me what was on my college list, I said “what’s a college list?” Then we made one, and here I am.”
— Donovan Blount, Freshman, University of Buffalo



 “It helped me break out of my South Bronx bubble…I took five college courses…and learned I was smart not only compared to kids in my high school, but compared to kids everywhere… it gave me the confidence I needed, and I applied to colleges I wouldn’t have thought were for me.”
— Michaell Santos, Upcoming Freshman, Yale University



At my high school [in Baton Rouge, LA] people expect we’re more likely to go to jail than college.  So that’s what we all think. I took AP but I couldn’t take the exam because my school never ordered the test for us. When a Harvard-designed college course came to my school, I thought I heard it wrong, we don’t get these kinds of opportunities in my community. I put it on my college application.

— Sammar Parham, Freshman, Washington University in St. Louis



with Howard University President Wayne Frederick, the Wharton professor who taught his Personal Finance course, David Musto, New York Times Reporter, Erica Green and myself – one line must be shared:



“We [colleges] need to break down barriers…I think we should be serving 1 million students with Ed Equity Lab. If I were an investor, I’d be investing in this company.”
— Dr. Wayne Frederick, President of Howard University



“President Frederick, you have invested, through the powerful courses and professors that Howard offers to high school scholars.”
— Leslie Cornfeld, Founder & CEO of the Nat’l Ed Equity Lab