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The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

October 3, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Anthony A. Jack
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows
Assistant Professor of Education,
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Date: Oct 3, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: G10 Biotech

In this talk, Anthony Jack will discuss how class and culture shape how undergraduates navigate college by exploring the “experiential core of college life,” those too often overlooked moments between getting in and graduating. He will shed new light on how inequality is reproduced by contrasting the experiences of the Privileged Poor—lower-income students who graduate from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools—and the Doubly Disadvantaged—lower-income undergraduates who graduate from public, typically distressed high schools.

Drawing on interviews and observational data, Jack addresses the social and personal costs of exclusion that have implications for undergraduates’ objective opportunities and social well-being. His findings are included in his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students.

For more information, contact ofdd@cornell.edu or 607-255-6867.

This talk is being sponsored by the Cornell Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, with support from several other co-sponsors including the Institute for Social Sciences, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement.


October 3, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:



Diversity & Inclusion
Focus Area
Navigate Academia
Graduate Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement


G10 Biotechnology Building
526 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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