The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently interviewed graduates from some of the region’s colleges and universities who emerged as leaders or impressed campus administrators.

We met a student who won an Emmy. Another worked at a local hospital comforting COVID-19 patients. One student got her bachelor’s degree at the age of 73.

Here are their stories:

Yara Daou

Georgia Gwinnett College

Yara Daou is a 2021 graduate of Georgia Gwinnett College. (Contributed)

Daou, 22, originally from Beirut, Lebanon, moved to the U.S. with her family at age 17. She was president of the college’s Four Pillars Society, a student leadership program, as well as a student orientation leader and an intramural assistant. She majored in information technology.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenge during my time at GGC was my personal growth and struggling to find my future self. I had to forget about my past (my friends, family, and home) so that I can focus on my present and future here in the U.S. Another challenge was trying to get involved because I am shy.”

How did you get through the challenge? “I pushed myself to start going to events with my friends, and I met a lot of students. I was also excelling academically, so the whole combination gave me a lot of self-confidence to try and do things that I always wanted to do.”

Future plans? Daou will work a full-time job at VMWare, a cloud computing and technology firm based in California, and plans to pursue a master’s degree.

Hope Didier

Kennesaw State University

Hope Didier is a Kennesaw State University student graduating this summer with degrees in dance and biology. Didier worked at a local hospital before the pandemic and adjusted to caring for COVID ICU patients rather than finishing course work this year. She will begin earning her master's degree at Wake Forest after finalizing her biology degree this summer. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Hope Didier is a Kennesaw State University student graduating this summer with degrees in dance and biology. Didier worked at a local hospital before the pandemic and adjusted to caring for COVID ICU patients rather than finishing course work this year. She will begin earning her master’s degree at Wake Forest after finalizing her biology degree this summer. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Didier, 23, from Peachtree City, has been extremely busy in recent months. The biology and dance major had a full academic load and has also worked 12-hour weekend shifts as a trauma surgery ICU technician at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, which has included helping COVID-19 patients.

“It was downright terrifying at times, but I can definitely say that after every 12-hour night shift, I would still leave the hospital knowing it’s exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Didier said of the work.

University administrators have been impressed with Didier for years. Her research on cervical cancer earned the top award at a 2018 symposium. Didier did a presentation on the research at a state Board of Regents meeting last year.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “I’ve been putting off a back surgery to pursue (her passion to dance), but ultimately, I could no longer put it off. It was a massive challenge to overcome physically and mentally … and returning to a program when I couldn’t move like I wanted to.”

How did Didier get through the challenge? Didier couldn’t dance for a semester and a half after the surgery. “Thankfully, I was able to take a number of classes that our dance department offered that were as interesting to me as a dual degree individual … I was growing as a dance scholar and it was a way to keep dance in my life.”

Future plans? Didier will attend Wake Forest University to pursue a doctoral degree in molecular medicine and translational science and a master’s degree in medical science and physician assistant studies.

Ashton Edmunds

Clark Atlanta University graduating senior Ashton Edmunds is surrounded by some of the articles he's written. Edmunds, an aspiring sports journalist, plans to pursue his master's degree at Northwestern University. (Courtesy of Sean Bartley)

Clark Atlanta University graduating senior Ashton Edmunds is surrounded by some of the articles he’s written. Edmunds, an aspiring sports journalist, plans to pursue his master’s degree at Northwestern University. (Courtesy of Sean Bartley)

Clark Atlanta University

Edmunds, 22, an aspiring sports journalist from Tallahassee, Florida, had “a dream come true” a few months ago when he interviewed NBA All-Star Chris Paul before the big game in Atlanta. “He’s relatable and chill in many ways, which made the interview flow really smooth,” Edmunds said. He made the dean’s list all four years at Clark Atlanta, was sports editor at the student newspaper and was the inaugural Turner Diversity Media Fellow at Warner Media.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenge at CAU was finding my voice as a journalist. I came into college with no journalism experience, with my high school not having a school’s newspaper.” He also didn’t realize how much the profession entailed. “I knew that I was always great at writing and talking about sports but I had to learn the basics and foundation of journalism for everything to come together.”

How did you get through the challenge? “I got through this challenge by stepping outside of my comfort zone and taking on the sports editor role for CAU’s student-led newspaper after my freshman year. The more I wrote and interviewed people, I started to figure out my voice as a journalist. I landed my first internship the summer after my sophomore year and from then on, things started to align perfectly.”

Future plans? Edmunds will pursue his master’s degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism through the sports media track.

Christopher B. Edwards

Clayton State University

Christopher B. Edwards was the student commencement speaker at Clayton State University for 2021. Edwards received his master's degree in business administration. Edwards was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. (Contributed)

Christopher B. Edwards was the student commencement speaker at Clayton State University for 2021. Edwards received his master’s degree in business administration. Edwards was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. (Contributed)

Edwards, 43, started his collegiate journey at Georgia Tech in 1996 as a football player, but didn’t complete his degree after mustering a 1.6 grade-point average by his senior year. His wife encouraged him in 2013 to try again. He enrolled at Georgia Perimeter College and earned an associate degree three years later with honors. In 2019, he graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State with a degree in business administration. That fall, Edwards began his graduate studies at Clayton State and has excelled. Edwards was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society, and received his master’s degree in business administration.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “I was working 50 hours per week and taking four classes. During the second session, my sister in-law and grandfather died during the same week. This was a very difficult time for me and my wife. … During the second session I got sick and eventually was diagnosed with a blood clot in my lung. It took two weeks for me to heal. My professors were very supportive during this period. Because of their support, I was able to keep up and finish all classes with A’s.”

How did you get through the challenge? “I overcame these challenges by holding on to my faith in God and a lot of support from my wife, children, family, and professors.”

Future plans? Edwards plans to apply for part-time positions teaching business courses, specifically in operations management. He’s also returning to Clayton State this fall to complete the Master of Strategic Leadership Development.

Riuki Gakio

Georgia State University

Born in the United States, Gakio, 24, spent much of his childhood in Botswana and went to high school in Kenya before moving back here to attend Georgia State. Gakio created a documentary, “Our Plastic World,” about the impact of plastic pollution on the environment. It included footage from Greece, Kenya and Vietnam and video shot by one of his professors while in Antarctica. The documentary won an Emmy.

Riuki Gakio is a graduating senior from Georgia State University. (Contributed)

Riuki Gakio is a graduating senior from Georgia State University. (Contributed)

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The film was the biggest challenge at Georgia State. It was a huge undertaking … I knew this film had immense potential and that is what drove me forward to work long nights, many times straight through the night with editing and doing drafts and rewriting the script many times until the film looked fantastic in its final form.”

How did you get through this challenge? “My spirituality and faith — the Baha’i Faith — helped me to stay grounded and centered. It helped me to think more selflessly and about service — that it is not really about me, but trying to serve the audience and by extension contribute to society with timely and extremely valuable information about our environment, and offer ideas from the experts on how we can improve our environment and by extension improve and create a better society. This helped keep me going and served as motivation.”

Future plans? Gakio hopes to get a job in the television, media or film business.

Biya Haile

Georgia Tech

Georgia Institute of Technology graduate Biya Haile poses for a photo outside of the Marcus Nanotechnology Building on the university’s main campus in Atlanta, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Haile will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

Georgia Institute of Technology graduate Biya Haile poses for a photo outside of the Marcus Nanotechnology Building on the university’s main campus in Atlanta, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Haile will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

Haile has been very active at Georgia Tech.

The 22-year-old mechanical engineering graduate worked as an assistant mechanic at the Gwinnett County Airport while pursuing a pilot’s license. He published two research projects. Haile, who was 16 when he came from Ethiopia to Norcross, has volunteered at local refugee outreach organizations.

The honors have been many, including his recent selection as a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow.

A few days after graduation, Haile talked about an ongoing project. He’s working on creating a beekeeping program for people in parts of his homeland as an alternative revenue source to slow deforestation. Meanwhile, he’s in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “Finding a balance between school, work, and social life. The school’s rigorous and tough curriculum was overwhelming throughout my college career, which most students are well aware of. I never underestimated it, however, I had to juggle between work and classes to meet my financial needs along with work experiences to build up my career.”

How did you get through the challenge? “My willingness to seek help and mentorship from different faculty at Georgia Tech played a big role in overcoming the challenge. Despite various setbacks, I continued working in the lab, hit important milestones in my research, and presented at conferences.”

Future plans? Haile will be pursuing graduate studies in electrical and computing engineering at Georgia Tech.

Beverly G. Kelley

Mercer University

Beverly Kelley, 73, graduated from Mercer University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center with a degree in liberal studies. (Contributed)

Beverly Kelley, 73, graduated from Mercer University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center with a degree in liberal studies. (Contributed)

Kelley’s family has many things to smile about this month. Two of her granddaughters are graduating from high school. The biggest celebration may be for Kelley, 73, who is receiving her degree in liberal studies from Mercer.

“OMG, we did it!” says a small sign Kelley held in a recent picture, dressed in her cap and gown.

Kelley, who moved in 2003 from New Jersey to Georgia with her husband, Harold, had trouble finding work a few years ago and decided to go to college. (Harold died a few years ago.) She studied at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center and was a student ambassador, worked as a library assistant and completed two internships.

“I’m not the type of person who likes to sit around,” she said.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenges at Mercer University were my critical thinking and my writing skills that I achieved in all my courses. We had to do a lot of writing. I should have a degree in penmanship by now.”

How did you overcome that challenge? “I was able to overcome these challenges by applying my myself and staying focused on my education.”

Future plans? Kelley plans to pursue a master’s degree, starting this fall, in human services.

Alexandria Lin

University of Georgia

Alexandria Lin is a member of the University of Georgia's graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

Alexandria Lin is a member of the University of Georgia’s graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

Lin, 22, a first-generation college student from Atlanta, was part of the team that put the university’s first satellite into space last year. The computer systems engineering major started writing flight software as an electronics team member for UGA lab’s NASA-sponsored mission during her sophomore year. A year later, Lin became the lead flight software engineer and assisted with additional testing and preparing the assembled satellite for handoff to the launch provider.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “For me, it was being able to find that right balance between school and extracurriculars (like the research lab!). When I was a freshman/sophomore, I was very into the work I was doing for the lab — more than I was into classwork — and would pour almost all of my time into my lab tasks. As a result, my schoolwork suffered a bit.”

How did you get through the challenge? “I learned how to manage my time better in the following semesters, both at first as just a member of a team and then leading a team, and knowing when to say no to doing additional work and my limits. I still struggle with this to an extent, especially when it comes to my third responsibility — taking care of myself — which can go out the window sometimes, but I’d imagine this will be a lifelong challenge.”

Future plans? Lin will work at Northrop Grumman Space Systems as an embedded software engineer, writing flight software for a variety of satellites. Lin hopes to go to graduate school soon, pursuing either an aerospace or computer engineering degree.

Star Liu

Emory University

Liu, 22, from Austin, Texas, is a part of the team that developed Emory’s COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard, which tracks COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in each state including by race and ethnicity. Liu, a quantitative sciences major, helped process data and conduct an analysis on the effects of mask mandates. A group of Emory’s alumni and students selected Liu as part of its annual list of outstanding students and campus leaders.

Star Liu is part of Emory University's graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

Star Liu is part of Emory University’s graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The biggest challenge that I have faced at Emory is juggling academics, leadership responsibilities, and leisure time and see how far I can push myself. I started joining student organizations, volunteer trips, etc. One at a time and one after another. By the end of my junior year, I had contributed meaningfully to five different initiatives/organizations and two work/research positions in the Rollins School of Public Health.”

How did you overcome the challenge? “He learned by trying, which is very impressive,” said Yubin Park, an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Future plans? Liu is going to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for a master’s degree in health sciences informatics research.

Ximena Luna

University of North Georgia

Luna, 21, from Flowery Branch, is a first-generation student who won a Gilman scholarship to study in Spain in summer 2019. She also completed research-related projects and was recently named a Fulbright alternate. She majored in Spanish.

Ximena Luna is part of the University of North Georgia's graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

Ximena Luna is part of the University of North Georgia’s graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “One of the biggest challenges during my time at UNG was the lack of knowledge about the college experience. As a first-generation college student, I had no idea what college was like and was scared to fail and disappoint my parents and myself. It was challenging to learn how to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively and ask for help. During my four years at UNG, I learned to balance work, school, and family responsibilities.”

How did you get through the challenge? “I started getting involved in school and asking questions. I learned to manage my time and started believing in myself and my potential.”

Future plans? Luna will begin a master’s in Hispanic studies at the University of Georgia. “I hope to keep getting involved at school and keep helping the Latinx community. … My goal is to continue supporting students in higher education who, like me, did not think that they could reach their fullest potential.”

Angélica Martini

Agnes Scott College

Angélica Martini is a member of Agnes Scott College's graduating class of 2021. She took this photo in China during a study abroad program in 2019. (Contributed)

Angélica Martini is a member of Agnes Scott College’s graduating class of 2021. She took this photo in China during a study abroad program in 2019. (Contributed)

Credit: Eric Stirgus

Credit: Eric Stirgus

Martini, 22, who is legally blind, proudly says she beat the odds. Fewer than 35% of students with disabilities graduate from four-year institutions within eight years, according to the Hechinger Report, an education news site.

“Scholarly articles don’t come in large print,” said Martini, who returned to Memphis, Tennessee, to live with her family during the pandemic and completed her studies online.

Martini, a first-generation student who majored in international relations and economics, served in several leadership positions on campus. She studied abroad in China and Ghana.

“I want to be a lifelong learner,” she said.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “Finding my own confidence. I had to remind myself I don’t care what people think who see me or people think of me … I don’t need other people to help me validate my confidence. I have to believe in myself.”

How did you get through the challenge? Martini credits strong support systems at Agnes Scott from faculty members, advisers and mentors who guided her to resources that could help her. “They told me the future belongs to people who believe in their dreams.”

Future plans? Martini will be an economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. It’s a two- to three-year program that prepares students who want to pursue doctoral degrees in economics.

Amari Parris

Morehouse College

Amari Parris is the salutatorian for the Morehouse College class of 2021. (Contributed)

Amari Parris is the salutatorian for the Morehouse College class of 2021. (Contributed)

Parris, 22, a kinesiology, sports studies and physical education major from Silver Spring, Maryland, was the college’s salutatorian this year.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “I think, like many Morehouse students, I faced a ton of financial obstacles that at times hampered the experience for me. However, those same obstacles have played a huge role in my becoming who I am today. I was about $4,000 in the hole. I was fresh off a 4.0 GPA, and I had applied for scholarships. I thought I was being proactive and positioning myself to be able to pay for school. It was a tough time, but it was also a turning point for me.”

How did you get through the challenge? “I wound up earning the money I needed through scholarships, focused on paid internships to support my education, and became a residential advisor to supplement any outstanding fees. When faced with uncertainty and doubt, I chose to bet on myself and worked harder to make things happen for myself.”

Future plans? Parris will pursue a master’s degree in sports management at Columbia University with the long-term goal of becoming an intercollegiate athletic director.

Taylor Roberts

Oglethorpe University

Roberts, 22, an art history major, has been involved in several efforts to increase diversity in art collections on campus and elsewhere. Roberts helped lead a student-driven campaign to add artists of different racial backgrounds to the university’s Museum of Art. The Chicago native was also a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the High Museum of Art, a two-year paid program that offers specialized training and mentoring in the curatorial profession for students from communities that are historically underrepresented in the museum field. Roberts was also Oglethorpe’s Student Government Association president.

Taylor Roberts was Oglethorpe University's student government association president and is part of the graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

Taylor Roberts was Oglethorpe University’s student government association president and is part of the graduating class of 2021. (Contributed)

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The biggest challenge I faced at Oglethorpe was trying to continue my education. The college fund that my parents saved only got me through my freshman year, so every consecutive year, I fought to secure funding to continue to grow and learn at Oglethorpe.”

How did you get past that challenge? “I pursued scholarships, fellowships, and on-campus jobs that would allow me to pay my tuition. My Mellon Fellowship at the High Museum of Art both developed my skills as a museum professional and ensured funding that allowed me to continue school. I also became a Community Advisor in Residence Life to grow my relationships on campus and decrease my tuition.”

Future plans? Roberts will be a Lead for America Fellow serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities in Atlanta and Chicago. She will continue her work at the Oakland Cemetery, where she serves as a programming intern, with a focus on strengthening relationships with local universities and minority-owned nonprofits and businesses.

Kayla Smith

Spelman College

Kayla Smith is a Spelman College student working to navigate COVID and her senior thesis as well as working to stay connected to her school. Smith spends time in Decatur Square on Friday, Nov 13, 2020. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Kayla Smith is a Spelman College student working to navigate COVID and her senior thesis as well as working to stay connected to her school. Smith spends time in Decatur Square on Friday, Nov 13, 2020. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Smith, 22, from Stone Mountain, started a podcast called “The Blue Record,” which explores the intersection of race and gender. She’s part of a group that mentors students at Dunbar Elementary School, located a mile away from Spelman. Smith was featured in an AJC series that examined how some students and faculty navigated through the coronavirus pandemic.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The biggest challenge I faced at Spelman is being comfortable in charting my own path. You see so many people who are inspirational and influential student leaders and individuals on campus that you wonder how they charted their path. Who helped cultivate it? How did they get on this path?”

How did Smith get through that challenge? Smith said she embraced feeling comfortable with being uncomfortable about not knowing. “By not knowing, it allowed me to be open-minded … It allowed me to cultivate my own path, which is rooted in storytelling and intersectional race theory and justice work.”

Future plans? Smith was selected as a fellow to the Charles Rangel International Affairs Program, named after the late, longtime congressman from Harlem, New York. She’ll be an intern this summer for U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. Smith will pursue a master of arts degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Joey Ye

Emory University

Emory University student Joey Ye has taken courses remotely for more than a year from his hometown in southwest China. Some of the classes require attendance and begin at midnight or later his time. (Contributed)

Emory University student Joey Ye has taken courses remotely for more than a year from his hometown in southwest China. Some of the classes require attendance and begin at midnight or later his time. (Contributed)

Ye double-majored in neuroscience and philosophy. Originally from China, Ye returned to his homeland in March 2020 and completed his studies there taking online courses. Ye received several honors, including being inducted as a member of the national neuroscience Honor Society — Nu Rho Psi. The AJC met Ye a few months ago as part of its College & The Coronavirus series.

What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The uncertainties that I dealt with throughout last year. Many of my plans were not settled until the last minute, and some of them were even conflicting, making it a more anxious circumstance for me to decide what I could do to make the most of my time. For example, last spring I applied for my internships and NGO programs, and some were hesitant to offer in-person/remote positions with delays due to the pandemic, and others were unable to determine the dates of start.”

How did he get through the challenge? “I would say I overcame it just as most of my peers would have done. I did not allow myself to be waiting and eventually becoming anxious, but kept on regular exercise and occasional reading. But more importantly, it was very helpful just to seek backup plans, and lower my expectation, which reduced my anxiety. I talked to my friends, and I also made times to watch movies, YouTube, flower some tiny plants, help my family with chores. These daily activities diverted my attention and helped me avoid negative moods.”

Future plans? Ye has an internship lined up. He’s thinking about taking a year off before pursuing graduate school, possibly in the U.S.

Tatiana Edwards (center), a student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, had to get accustomed to pursuing her degree during quarantine. Edwards is a student at the college juggling work, raising two sons, Josiah (left), 6, who is autistic, and Malachi, 15. Edwards is also the student government leader on campus. (Ryon Horne/rhorne@ajc.com)

Tatiana Edwards (center), a student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, had to get accustomed to pursuing her degree during quarantine. Edwards is a student at the college juggling work, raising two sons, Josiah (left), 6, who is autistic, and Malachi, 15. Edwards is also the student government leader on campus. (Ryon Horne/rhorne@ajc.com)

Credit: Ryon Horne

Credit: Ryon Horne

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Many produced award-winning research. Several had dual majors. All in some way overcame a personal obstacle or unforeseen barrier.”},{“_id”:”HFBZY6SKKRGOVD27ZZPNLPI7LQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620933145771},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently interviewed graduates from some of the region’s colleges and universities who emerged as leaders or impressed campus administrators.”},{“_id”:”MI5JLJIXBJALRFPIVXISRNPQVY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707131},”type”:”text”,”content”:”We met a student who won an Emmy. Another worked at a local hospital comforting COVID-19 patients. 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She was president of the college’s Four Pillars Society, a student leadership program, as well as a student orientation leader and an intramural assistant. She majored in information technology.”},{“_id”:”XPOTCD2MNNFS5FGQ77QKEYCFV4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138845},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenge during my time at GGC was my personal growth and struggling to find my future self. I had to forget about my past (my friends, family, and home) so that I can focus on my present and future here in the U.S. Another challenge was trying to get involved because I am shy.””},{“_id”:”GCQ7GOUDEFGR7B32VKH4MVCDRI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138846},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “I pushed myself to start going to events with my friends, and I met a lot of students. 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The biology and dance major had a full academic load and has also worked 12-hour weekend shifts as a trauma surgery ICU technician at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, which has included helping COVID-19 patients.”},{“_id”:”3FTG5MVDMJDVDJ66F2UQBX6VCI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620672414981},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It was downright terrifying at times, but I can definitely say that after every 12-hour night shift, I would still leave the hospital knowing it’s exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Didier said of the work.”},{“_id”:”TKB4DI4DWZAKLJK2JMIWVB63I4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620672414982},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University administrators have been impressed with Didier for years. Her research on cervical cancer earned the top award at a 2018 symposium. Didier did a presentation on the research at a state Board of Regents meeting last year.”},{“_id”:”EPMQOFTX6JHYNN2PL6DLSAZG5Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620672414983},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “I’ve been putting off a back surgery to pursue (her passion to dance), but ultimately, I could no longer put it off. It was a massive challenge to overcome physically and mentally … and returning to a program when I couldn’t move like I wanted to.””},{“_id”:”T7IZKF3O3FH7PD3D63L46ZDKZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620672414984},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did Didier get through the challenge? Didier couldn’t dance for a semester and a half after the surgery. “Thankfully, I was able to take a number of classes that our dance department offered that were as interesting to me as a dual degree individual … I was growing as a dance scholar and it was a way to keep dance in my life.””},{“_id”:”7GH6EMP4GJBZRG3FV65MRKGBY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620672414985},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Didier will attend Wake Forest University to pursue a doctoral degree in molecular medicine and translational science and a master’s degree in medical science and physician assistant studies.”},{“_id”:”CW3XTZEE35ARPCXKIUR64ONO5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620348421217},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”AB4LGR2HMFAPLH6WVD63JERMSU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620348421218},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Ashton Edmunds”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Clark Atlanta University graduating senior Ashton Edmunds is surrounded by some of the articles he’s written. Edmunds, an aspiring sports journalist, plans to pursue his master’s degree at Northwestern University. 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He made the dean’s list all four years at Clark Atlanta, was sports editor at the student newspaper and was the inaugural Turner Diversity Media Fellow at Warner Media.”},{“_id”:”XYYR2B223VFONKT57M4IFHW73M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620348421222},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenge at CAU was finding my voice as a journalist. I came into college with no journalism experience, with my high school not having a school’s newspaper.” He also didn’t realize how much the profession entailed. “I knew that I was always great at writing and talking about sports but I had to learn the basics and foundation of journalism for everything to come together.””},{“_id”:”4ZAWPD6ALRHKTFZ6JJLKBGNK7A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620348421223},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “I got through this challenge by stepping outside of my comfort zone and taking on the sports editor role for CAU’s student-led newspaper after my freshman year. The more I wrote and interviewed people, I started to figure out my voice as a journalist. 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Edwards was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society, and received his master’s degree in business administration.”},{“_id”:”YLOWCED6HNAQTFSBKY7CFNFZ3I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619726815570},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “I was working 50 hours per week and taking four classes. During the second session, my sister in-law and grandfather died during the same week. This was a very difficult time for me and my wife. … During the second session I got sick and eventually was diagnosed with a blood clot in my lung. It took two weeks for me to heal. My professors were very supportive during this period. Because of their support, I was able to keep up and finish all classes with A’s.””},{“_id”:”F3CEFCSLHFBVVHAZWFZMY2GRWU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619726815571},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “I overcame these challenges by holding on to my faith in God and a lot of support from my wife, children, family, and professors.””},{“_id”:”SXRBPJQIBZGBVDH6XK6W3STJCM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619726815572},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Edwards plans to apply for part-time positions teaching business courses, specifically in operations management. He’s also returning to Clayton State this fall to complete the Master of Strategic Leadership Development.”},{“_id”:”K34LTKIYD5HZBI2TOLONG5IJRA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138848},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”FAA6DKLRUFDWZKQFLA7K3FXUUY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620690179189},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Riuki Gakio”},{“_id”:”M6Y5PFNSBVE6DMUIOIEKACVMZ4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620690179190},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia State University”},{“_id”:”PZPXM4OV6RA3REA2EZNIS4X6E4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620690179191},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Born in the United States, Gakio, 24, spent much of his childhood in Botswana and went to high school in Kenya before moving back here to attend Georgia State. Gakio created a documentary, “Our Plastic World,” about the impact of plastic pollution on the environment. It included footage from Greece, Kenya and Vietnam and video shot by one of his professors while in Antarctica. The documentary won an Emmy.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Riuki Gakio is a graduating senior from Georgia State University. 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It was a huge undertaking … I knew this film had immense potential and that is what drove me forward to work long nights, many times straight through the night with editing and doing drafts and rewriting the script many times until the film looked fantastic in its final form.””},{“_id”:”QIK277HXZFAMXMIKHSDANC6OGI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620735314789},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through this challenge? “My spirituality and faith — the Baha’i Faith — helped me to stay grounded and centered. It helped me to think more selflessly and about service — that it is not really about me, but trying to serve the audience and by extension contribute to society with timely and extremely valuable information about our environment, and offer ideas from the experts on how we can improve our environment and by extension improve and create a better society. 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He published two research projects. Haile, who was 16 when he came from Ethiopia to Norcross, has volunteered at local refugee outreach organizations.”},{“_id”:”NVKBW7ZZSZBM7J7ATYDA5IKVUY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620992730162},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The honors have been many, including his recent selection as a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow.”},{“_id”:”4QGOPCRPDJCF3D6AVXYJEOMA4M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707186},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A few days after graduation, Haile talked about an ongoing project. He’s working on creating a beekeeping program for people in parts of his homeland as an alternative revenue source to slow deforestation. Meanwhile, he’s in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.”},{“_id”:”3AXFYVQS3FGSJNESG27ROBVSOY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620654973647},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “Finding a balance between school, work, and social life. The school’s rigorous and tough curriculum was overwhelming throughout my college career, which most students are well aware of. I never underestimated it, however, I had to juggle between work and classes to meet my financial needs along with work experiences to build up my career.””},{“_id”:”AYFP5ELRK5GXROQN762AJHMO2U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620654973648},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “My willingness to seek help and mentorship from different faculty at Georgia Tech played a big role in overcoming the challenge. Despite various setbacks, I continued working in the lab, hit important milestones in my research, and presented at conferences.””},{“_id”:”AXXXIPB2YVHMLNMHLENODS2WDU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620654973649},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Haile will be pursuing graduate studies in electrical and computing engineering at Georgia Tech.”},{“_id”:”5THZWMUX6NAZZB3RTV6VBMGBXA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620654973650},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”TCMM27K4XVCFNNNXIJVOUYH3TI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620826767160},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Beverly G. Kelley”},{“_id”:”PJLPGP6UZFHYDO536KQ2EWIJLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620826767161},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Mercer University”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Beverly Kelley, 73, graduated from Mercer University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center with a degree in liberal studies. 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Two of her granddaughters are graduating from high school. The biggest celebration may be for Kelley, 73, who is receiving her degree in liberal studies from Mercer.”},{“_id”:”LAX5M7DURJFEFIXKGTNLTEAA4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707203},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“OMG, we did it!” says a small sign Kelley held in a recent picture, dressed in her cap and gown.”},{“_id”:”Z2XLUW3JVRGMPKJ25KREGTIKDE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707204},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Kelley, who moved in 2003 from New Jersey to Georgia with her husband, Harold, had trouble finding work a few years ago and decided to go to college. (Harold died a few years ago.) She studied at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center and was a student ambassador, worked as a library assistant and completed two internships.”},{“_id”:”Z2XLUW3JVRGMPKJ25KREGTIKDE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707205},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I’m not the type of person who likes to sit around,” she said.”},{“_id”:”IVBRDXCSMVCVVE3PWM7X3ANPHY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707207},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenges at Mercer University were my critical thinking and my writing skills that I achieved in all my courses. We had to do a lot of writing. I should have a degree in penmanship by now.””},{“_id”:”ZQBFU6DVFFHRLP2GCCXJNJI3CI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707208},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you overcome that challenge? “I was able to overcome these challenges by applying my myself and staying focused on my education.””},{“_id”:”APKS6TIV6NHFRHPRNTK5DBC3GI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620987707209},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Kelley plans to pursue a master’s degree, starting this fall, in human services.”},{“_id”:”4QU37JXFIRCLNMG6YSASBZILIA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620826767166},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”R3UNXNNJDNGBRPHFPD3X3P4JJQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620660494079},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Alexandria Lin”},{“_id”:”A6IDNL2AVVBM7PJ75JWDCE34PM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620660494080},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University of Georgia”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Alexandria Lin is a member of the University of Georgia’s graduating class of 2021. 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The computer systems engineering major started writing flight software as an electronics team member for UGA lab’s NASA-sponsored mission during her sophomore year. A year later, Lin became the lead flight software engineer and assisted with additional testing and preparing the assembled satellite for handoff to the launch provider.”},{“_id”:”YO62HT2GTRBTND3QU5LX4TSU4M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[{“pos”:190,”comment”:”around”}],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620660494083},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “For me, it was being able to find that right balance between school and extracurriculars (like the research lab!). When I was a freshman/sophomore, I was very into the work I was doing for the lab — more than I was into classwork — and would pour almost all of my time into my lab tasks. As a result, my schoolwork suffered a bit.””},{“_id”:”C4YF3APO5NDZJFSRFTD3ZYTU6Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620660494084},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “I learned how to manage my time better in the following semesters, both at first as just a member of a team and then leading a team, and knowing when to say no to doing additional work and my limits. I still struggle with this to an extent, especially when it comes to my third responsibility — taking care of myself — which can go out the window sometimes, but I’d imagine this will be a lifelong challenge.””},{“_id”:”SSZ4OHIGLRDJNMHVG5W5WUNGGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620660494085},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Lin will work at Northrop Grumman Space Systems as an embedded software engineer, writing flight software for a variety of satellites. Lin hopes to go to graduate school soon, pursuing either an aerospace or computer engineering degree.”},{“_id”:”ORTXKE3LZRC2RMPCDJBZDWV2QQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620660494086},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”PGHKK4LWXFCCZMHB7R7HWJC45A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305329},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Star Liu”},{“_id”:”BRNY56B4OBFFHGIJIVRN2UZTJI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305330},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Emory University”},{“_id”:”ICQJ4FEQRBHSTGLGM7643G2ZLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305331},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Liu, 22, from Austin, Texas, is a part of the team that developed Emory’s COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard, which tracks COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in each state including by race and ethnicity. Liu, a quantitative sciences major, helped process data and conduct an analysis on the effects of mask mandates. A group of Emory’s alumni and students selected Liu as part of its annual list of outstanding students and campus leaders.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Star Liu is part of Emory University’s graduating class of 2021. 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I started joining student organizations, volunteer trips, etc. One at a time and one after another. By the end of my junior year, I had contributed meaningfully to five different initiatives/organizations and two work/research positions in the Rollins School of Public Health.””},{“_id”:”6O726LABHNDJ5ODMFUNVQ5UWLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305334},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you overcome the challenge? “He learned by trying, which is very impressive,” said Yubin Park, an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science.”},{“_id”:”DQL3QWR2TRB6XNQVATRDNMZEJM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305335},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Liu is going to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for a master’s degree in health sciences informatics research.”},{“_id”:”GWNRYUOCJBGP7DNK2TL6XSQBTY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305336},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”RMKENMONAND7RHDWM5KVFVPBN4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138849},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Ximena Luna”},{“_id”:”AF5L4BEHFBBEFGY24QLDRMM4XU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138850},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University of North Georgia”},{“_id”:”P5PJNHRKJBESZMSDUAAWSLLV4E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138851},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Luna, 21, from Flowery Branch, is a first-generation student who won a Gilman scholarship to study in Spain in summer 2019. She also completed research-related projects and was recently named a Fulbright alternate. 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As a first-generation college student, I had no idea what college was like and was scared to fail and disappoint my parents and myself. It was challenging to learn how to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively and ask for help. During my four years at UNG, I learned to balance work, school, and family responsibilities.””},{“_id”:”ZDHUBA5KEBEJ7OH67G2L7KVHCM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138853},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “I started getting involved in school and asking questions. I learned to manage my time and started believing in myself and my potential.””},{“_id”:”PB32XA4ZYVEGFBJEJ7VD2IMHNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138854},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Luna will begin a master’s in Hispanic studies at the University of Georgia. “I hope to keep getting involved at school and keep helping the Latinx community. … My goal is to continue supporting students in higher education who, like me, did not think that they could reach their fullest potential.””},{“_id”:”RMKENMONAND7RHDWM5KVFVPBN4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619722138855},”type”:”text”,”content”:”—“},{“_id”:”C7O5JEGFSNGLXL2JDY6CVDPTVM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620841442473},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Angélica Martini”},{“_id”:”Q2XJUKPF7JCB3KNDWVRH7BJUFM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620841442474},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Agnes Scott College”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Angélica Martini is a member of Agnes Scott College’s graduating class of 2021. 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Fewer than 35% of students with disabilities graduate from four-year institutions within eight years, according to the Hechinger Report, an education news site.”},{“_id”:”RBKUVR446FDXPJC62VPLRVQVDQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305350},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Scholarly articles don’t come in large print,” said Martini, who returned to Memphis, Tennessee, to live with her family during the pandemic and completed her studies online.”},{“_id”:”UUBJN4QQNNCIPN7YQU7EB3NRDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305351},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Martini, a first-generation student who majored in international relations and economics, served in several leadership positions on campus. 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Martini credits strong support systems at Agnes Scott from faculty members, advisers and mentors who guided her to resources that could help her. “They told me the future belongs to people who believe in their dreams.””},{“_id”:”4TRMEDA6ORA7RKFZBTT2AJFEGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620909305355},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Martini will be an economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 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However, those same obstacles have played a huge role in my becoming who I am today. I was about $4,000 in the hole. I was fresh off a 4.0 GPA, and I had applied for scholarships. I thought I was being proactive and positioning myself to be able to pay for school. It was a tough time, but it was also a turning point for me.””},{“_id”:”2CICOVUWI5E3PPID2LX6U24YOU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621010551471},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get through the challenge? “I wound up earning the money I needed through scholarships, focused on paid internships to support my education, and became a residential advisor to supplement any outstanding fees. When faced with uncertainty and doubt, I chose to bet on myself and worked harder to make things happen for myself.””},{“_id”:”TF2KFSBJW5FQPFNTQBH2D7PRKE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621010551472},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? 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Roberts helped lead a student-driven campaign to add artists of different racial backgrounds to the university’s Museum of Art. The Chicago native was also a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the High Museum of Art, a two-year paid program that offers specialized training and mentoring in the curatorial profession for students from communities that are historically underrepresented in the museum field. Roberts was also Oglethorpe’s Student Government Association president.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Taylor Roberts was Oglethorpe University’s student government association president and is part of the graduating class of 2021. 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The college fund that my parents saved only got me through my freshman year, so every consecutive year, I fought to secure funding to continue to grow and learn at Oglethorpe.””},{“_id”:”PTJL4BG64JDZPFP3N5JW73BG3U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620933145887},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did you get past that challenge? “I pursued scholarships, fellowships, and on-campus jobs that would allow me to pay my tuition. My Mellon Fellowship at the High Museum of Art both developed my skills as a museum professional and ensured funding that allowed me to continue school. I also became a Community Advisor in Residence Life to grow my relationships on campus and decrease my tuition.””},{“_id”:”CTM22YINQZB2PGL7VEBV4AH4RA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620933145888},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? 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Smith said she embraced feeling comfortable with being uncomfortable about not knowing. “By not knowing, it allowed me to be open-minded … It allowed me to cultivate my own path, which is rooted in storytelling and intersectional race theory and justice work.””},{“_id”:”SPC6EGKS3RDYNM3QCRF7RW44SQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620832889858},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Future plans? Smith was selected as a fellow to the Charles Rangel International Affairs Program, named after the late, longtime congressman from Harlem, New York. She’ll be an intern this summer for U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. 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Originally from China, Ye returned to his homeland in March 2020 and completed his studies there taking online courses. Ye received several honors, including being inducted as a member of the national neuroscience Honor Society — Nu Rho Psi. The AJC met Ye a few months ago as part of its College & The Coronavirus series.”},{“_id”:”COXNBIM63RDK5MRNLSS22PPMQI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620832889856},”type”:”text”,”content”:”What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The uncertainties that I dealt with throughout last year. Many of my plans were not settled until the last minute, and some of them were even conflicting, making it a more anxious circumstance for me to decide what I could do to make the most of my time. For example, last spring I applied for my internships and NGO programs, and some were hesitant to offer in-person/remote positions with delays due to the pandemic, and others were unable to determine the dates of start.””},{“_id”:”6CT4VUKCOVALDLLMUYX6TQIV44″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620992730244},”type”:”text”,”content”:”How did he get through the challenge? “I would say I overcame it just as most of my peers would have done. I did not allow myself to be waiting and eventually becoming anxious, but kept on regular exercise and occasional reading. But more importantly, it was very helpful just to seek backup plans, and lower my expectation, which reduced my anxiety. I talked to my friends, and I also made times to watch movies, YouTube, flower some tiny plants, help my family with chores. 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Rather, the agency adopts standards about things students are expected to know and be able to do by certain grades, whether it’s addition in math or the history of the United States in social studies.”},{“_id”:”AWJBTSMR4BHN7JZVBWRLNPQ6RU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621545157136},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For instance, fourth-grade social studies students are expected to be able to explain the causes, major events and consequences of the Civil War. Some school districts adopt curricula. Others leave it to teachers to write their own. In some, it’s a mixture of both.”},{“_id”:”ANUUNS2JUBE6PAK2YB7PS6EGSE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621553466960},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The conservative backlash against teaching about systemic discrimination and its legacy of racial inequity has grown in recent months. As of mid-May, four states — Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Tennessee— had passed legislation restricting how race and racism are taught in schools; and lawmakers in several other states are attempting to do so.”},{“_id”:”PPUN46Z3XJDM7J2CHFABSM2ETI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621557296020},”type”:”text”,”content”:”And on Thursday at the Cherokee school board meeting, state Rep. Brad Thomas, R-Holly Springs, said he and other lawmakers were working on similar legislation that borrows language from several of those states plus Texas. A parent with in the district, he called critical race theory a “radical” Marxist agenda, echoing comments earlier this week in a nearby community.”},{“_id”:”EL3ZIN25QZDN7PLVB3OMDS7G3A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621553466961},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Forsyth County school board held a public hearing Tuesday on the district’s diversity, equity and inclusion plan, and critics tied it to critical race theory.”},{“_id”:”YMS3ICWTP5DU7F6CXNFDK4PVOY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621545157138},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Let’s be totally clear on what diversity, equity and inclusion training is — a Marxist Trojan Horse disguised with sunshine, rainbows, and a bow on top,” said Hunter Hill, chairman of the Republican Party of Forsyth County, who said he was speaking as an individual.”},{“_id”:”WEV4V5KERBETJISW4SHXTP3DLI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621545157139},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Critical race theory is decades old. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is a loosely organized framework based on the premise that U.S. legal institutions “are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.””},{“_id”:”RQSXWC2DMNGGBBCAHS2BMSOUHM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621554280849},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In Cobb County, several parents spoke in opposition to critical race theory during public comments at that district’s Thursday school board meeting. One parent referred to the theory as “educational terrorism,” while another said it teaches white students that they are bad because they are oppressors and that Black students can’t get ahead because they are oppressed.”},{“_id”:”BBY4UN77GZAT7F436PEAJCCR7Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621555228839},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“As long as I am Superintendent – I will commit to keeping any theory or curriculum, which is not part of Georgia’s standards, out of every Cobb County School District classroom,” Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said in a statement sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday evening.”},{“_id”:”3CX7NHBE5VCBTG4CGKCION2ZWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621545157140},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Before Thursday’s school board meeting in Cherokee, the district was already on the defensive, after assigning an administrator to oversee “social and emotional learning” and “diversity, equity and inclusion,” or DEI.”},{“_id”:”DWHXL56S4NENBHDSCQMYPUFKEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621545157141},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There are no plans to introduce “critical race theory” – this is a complete fabrication created through rumor mongering on social media. 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He said the furor that drew people there was driven by “a rumor that was started by Fox News” and by social media posters associated with QAnon, a discredited far right conspiracy theory.”},{“_id”:”GJV5O7FZLZGTXCVG4GEST3L6IM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621557296032},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We need to acknowledge the fact that some of the places this is coming from are dark,” he said.”},{“_id”:”DRDJQ7RQGRHPZOIBQG3L7PG55U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621557296033},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Raucous applause met people who spoke against the diversity, equity and inclusion program. 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In March, Spelman College, also in Atlanta, announced a $250 million campaign for a new technology and innovations building, renovations for its arts facilities and to enhance scholarships and bring in top faculty.”},{“_id”:”Z36SOMPP4VESPPEDYKG6WEBZHY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621449523757},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Morehouse School of Medicine officials said they have raised $114 million through an earlier part of the fundraising effort. Many colleges and organizations conduct similar “quiet” fundraising to show donors the strength of the effort before announcing the public phase of the campaign. 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The largest Atlanta area school districts will be opening permanent, full-time virtual schools this fall, in an experiment that could either define the future of education or create a new niche way of teaching.”},{“_id”:”6EEK3PRSSVCTNBSLRQUNL2SBYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620135730161},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The students who will attend them constitute a tiny fraction of overall enrollment, typically less than 1% — for now.”},{“_id”:”RCDXFUNZEBAXLLSSVMT6XI4R5M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619745684192},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I think that it will grow,” said Gyimah Whitaker, the deputy chief academic officer for Fulton County Schools. Families have said they want “anywhere, any time school,” she said. “I think virtual is here to stay.””},{“_id”:”GYVMLBXCY5GJZDPPRYNXUJRDHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620047039576},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Behind the screens”},{“_id”:”PH7CDVQFHFD2ZDQUSPA5JU6QPY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620170206278},”type”:”text”,”content”:”As it’s been throughout the pandemic in Georgia, each district has its own approach.”},{“_id”:”C7XJERJOG5DNRLQSURKPCFEB2Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620228372349},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Some plan to offer the online programs to students as young as kindergartners while others are limiting participation to third- to 12th-graders.”},{“_id”:”FLS6NSRIGFEWHJQXMIZJIMPI2U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620228372350},”type”:”text”,”content”:”There will be virtual schools that are standalone operations, while others will be an online extension of an established district school.”},{“_id”:”EJQCQQ5O5NED3HJHRIMKLWVGX4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620228372351},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For instance, Atlanta’s virtual academy is a standalone school with its own name, staff and student body, as are virtual programs in Fulton and Paulding counties.”},{“_id”:”U6PG2OLI3JC2LIRKTY6EO6RJ2U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620228372352},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But in Henry, Clayton and Gwinnett, the remote learning programs are attached to physical schools. 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Elementary schools in the north metro community are tied to their physical schools, while its secondary schools are not.”},{“_id”:”CFDQJLRZVZGGTLKCKTWZAPCKHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620772145942},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Cobb calls the online elementary schools a “geographic cluster model.” The benefit is that it builds strong bonds between online students and the home school, said John Floresta, Cobb’s chief of strategy and accountability.”},{“_id”:”BPDXR3Y6E5HTLJXO3H7HVLH2XM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620228372354},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“At the elementary age, that relationship between the teacher and the kid really, really matters,” he said.”},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”workflow”:{“status_code”:4},”caption”:”Permanent online learning programs are being created by the large metro Atlanta school districts to enroll students not planning to return to classrooms in the fall. 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But in some districts, such as Fayette and Cherokee, students must demonstrate an ability to self-pace on school work to be accepted.”},{“_id”:”Q5FQ3EWHT5DMJKNHRLFDGUOPI4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620228372356},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Several districts say they will have to hire more teachers if they cannot find enough qualified internal candidates. All of those interviewed said they will have separate, dedicated staff attending to their online students. Schools found during the pandemic that it was too difficult for teachers to handle students both in-person and online.”},{“_id”:”ES3A4TMCYBARDA6MNKJV32W4LE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620135730172},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Online origins”},{“_id”:”44MY5TWKWJHZRPOWKWZILGDXSM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619732410557},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Many of Georgia’s larger school districts, such as Gwinnett, Cobb, Henry and Atlanta have had online schools for many years. Mostly those were for special cases — for students who wanted to take an advanced class not offered in their school or make up a failed class.”},{“_id”:”SUEFZZGL6JA43D7YKEYMWHDF5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619795209681},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Charter schools were among the pioneers of the full-time model. The state’s largest, Georgia Cyber Academy, opened for students from kindergarten through middle school in 2007 and soon expanded to include high school students. Last school year, about 9,200 attended there and another 4,600 attended a similar charter school called Georgia Connections Academy, in fifth grade through high school.”},{“_id”:”Y6DOI2L2VVG7XKTSEF5QZ54BYY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619732410562},”type”:”text”,”content”:”This fall, about 7,000 or so students will attend new full-time online schools in the five large Atlanta-area school districts queried by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”},{“_id”:”5L3WBDJWORDGDAUZVIDUZ7JFGY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620070774615},”type”:”text”,”content”:”They are reacting to new interest from parents like Michelle Smith, who knew her daughter, Nichelle, was a fast learner but didn’t realize how bored she had been in the classroom. 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She plays the violin, dances and sings, and she makes art with resin in a new space her parents created for her in the basement.”},{“_id”:”RO6N57PQDREUJAUHANFHB5RNVY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619795209686},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The virtual schooling just works,” Smith said. The self-described “‘60s baby” said that for her school had always meant a classroom. She never would have enrolled her daughter in something like the Fulton Academy of Virtual Excellence if the pandemic had not opened her mind to the possibilities. “I would never have looked at it until it hit me in the face,” she said.”},{“_id”:”GEKRNCGQDFDKDJ43EAPHZ67LVQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619732410614},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Duke, from Paulding, said she never would have considered virtual school for her four kids if not for COVID-19. 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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution received the total compensations Friday through the Georgia Open Records Act.”},{“_id”:”UL7LBXI3PZCR3MXIPI74SSPB5Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558778},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The presidents at Georgia’s four research institutions— Augusta University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and the University of Georgia — continue to top the list, all near or above total compensations of $1 million. Augusta University President Brooks Keel topped the list at nearly $1.2 million. Nearly all of the other presidents in the system will make between $200,000 to $300,000.”},{“_id”:”VAUMKSGJ2JGTXKNV25HR3P5UUI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558779},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A few University System of Georgia presidents, like Georgia State’s Mark Becker, are leaving in the coming months and their replacements will negotiate their own salaries and compensation. System officials said Keel received the only increase, made to his deferred compensation. Keel did not have deferred compensation in 2019, the last year University System presidents received raises.”},{“_id”:”MEM73LDWKNCK5OE5IUKPUHKX5I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558780},”type”:”text”,”content”:”System leaders decided in May 2020 not to increase the compensations of the presidents as they worked on a plan to make state-mandated budget cuts. The cuts were ordered due to revenue declines caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Regents voted last month not to raise student tuition and fees because of the pandemic’s ongoing impact on many students and their families.”},{“_id”:”VUXATFOGXBDBJNOXI7GLL764NU”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”CCS3KLMM7JHE7DYUJS7XJ2R64M”},”type”:”divider”},{“_id”:”IO2SKWWCNZEZFB4ZVB4W2PZO6I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558781},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Here is the breakdown of the five presidents with the highest compensation packages:”},{“_id”:”QAMJ52OYRJDVFFXS7NKSLURR6I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558782},”type”:”text”,”content”:”President, University – Base Pay; Allowance; Deferred Compensation; Total”},{“_id”:”7T2VULGMPRESJD7HWO743RG2IQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558783},”type”:”text”,”content”:”1. Brooks Keel, Augusta University – $856,000.66; $43,300; $300,000; $1,199,300.66″},{“_id”:”2ASQI2JZC5GWXIQ5Y6ZNJPIPTU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558784},”type”:”text”,”content”:”2. Mark Becker, Georgia State – $594,102.90; $34,900; $500,000; $1,129,002.90″},{“_id”:”SKXOFWVVZVAEDMAOCMUIFVBHEU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558785},”type”:”text”,”content”:”3. Ángel Cabrera, Georgia Tech – $631,700; $43,300; $300,000; $975,000″},{“_id”:”6QTWYD3BYFHTPG4F5FLWN4QBK4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558786},”type”:”text”,”content”:”4. Jere Morehead, University of Georgia – $662,755.35; $23,900; $225,074.22; $911,729.57″},{“_id”:”E6Q6JLVAXZGWTCNQGQ6IS4JN3Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1621025558787},”type”:”text”,”content”:”5. 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But the results vary widely based on family wealth, race and other demographic factors, and also by grade level and subject.”},{“_id”:”UAP4UQTNSNFHLISPTRM7I3RS34″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620922050151},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The study, one of the first comprehensive local looks at the effect of the pandemic on learning, found what most observers have feared: the schooling disruptions over the past year caused many students to learn less than they would have, though some findings surprised one of the lead researchers.”},{“_id”:”POGNWOQ2AVAE3I6NVI33EAGIIU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620922050152},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I would have thought students with disabilities would have been impacted more,” said economics professor Tim Sass. He also did not expect the extreme variation by grade level that his team found.”},{“_id”:”BIPFN3YEYZD3ZNVI64632K5IZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620923619940},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Middle school students did worse in math and reading than younger students.”},{“_id”:”XTSET3A57BAHVF2TRH6SAU6TKE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620922050154},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The research by the Georgia Policy Lab in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies released Thursday used scores from proprietary “formative” tests used by three unidentified large metro Atlanta school districts. State standardized tests were canceled last spring and not taken by all students this school year. GSU says their study is one of two independent, multi-district studies to estimate the pandemic’s impact on student achievement in the United States.”},{“_id”:”4BMIW4WM7FAXNDBM5PATG5WKK4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620922050155},”type”:”text”,”content”:”While many talk of learning “loss,” GSU is describing their findings as a slowing of anticipated “achievement growth,” based on what would have been projected in a normal year from test score trends preceding the pandemic.”},{“_id”:”GHWORVNQMFG65GRBLCCK3HSI7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620922050156},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In some cases, that deceleration equaled what would have been learned over three-quarters of a normal school year. It was typically worse for students who remained home and online, but even those attending school in-person generally fell behind where they should have been. The most damage occurred this school year rather than last spring.”},{“_id”:”JQUZVQ3MQBHK7OWZHE24V6OP4A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620923619944},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Across most measures, students are three to six months or more behind where they would have been had the pandemic not occurred,” the researchers wrote.”},{“_id”:”K3D7HX5KW5FJDDIYWDJTTSRX4M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620925619288},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For instance, in one of the school districts, eighth-grade students on average learned the equivalent of 6.9 months less than expected in math. In another, seventh-grade students learned an average of 7.5 months less in reading than projections showed they should have.”},{“_id”:”UZNOY5BWVBAQ7FSDJRKKQBGE7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620925619289},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Reading was down in varying amounts in all of the measured grade levels — four through eight. Math was more inconsistent, though. For instance, one district had test scores showing its eighth-grade students learned a month more than projected for math.”},{“_id”:”UANJGUHQ3RFW7E3FXEC76575CM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620925619290},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Poverty played a mostly predictable role, generally correlating with poorer performance. However, even here the results varied. 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Through the award, students will participate in a two-year leadership development program aimed at preparing them for a career in hospitality and organizational leadership. There are plans involving Hilton to build a hotel on campus.”},{“_id”:”2SDPIASELBGIXKCAZOSTBXZMOA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1620064125188},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The next steps ahead, James said, include getting students eligible for financial aid, finding a major donor and completing the accreditation process. He also wants Morris Brown to rejoin the Atlanta University Center Consortium, a collective of the city’s historically Black colleges and universities, which shares academic resources.”},{“_id”:”ID77AJLB3FAGVEAWOQWTSLXIJA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619481453337},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Another task will be enrolling more students in an educational landscape far different than two decades ago.”},{“_id”:”22NN3CN2KJAUTB2J2OST62FFUU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619481453338},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The college can apply both to enroll students with federal financial aid and to participate in direct federal aid programs, said Timothy Eaton, the accreditation organization’s president. If the federal government gives swift approval, students enrolled this spring would be eligible to use federal aid at the college for the current semester, he said. Federal officials had not received any forms from the college as of two weeks ago.”},{“_id”:”4H25PHZARFEBVOQ32Z6NNOXJGM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619481453339},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Nearly two dozen students filled out applications the day after the college’s candidacy was approved, James said. He’s not set goals for fall enrollment, saying he does not want to overload the college’s resources. The college has no student housing, but is working with nearby apartment complexes to find 300 beds for those who want to live on campus. Morris Brown’s courses are being taught remotely this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic, but students are expected back on campus for the fall.”},{“_id”:”5NOVFXU75ZH25DTB4IQM6XKW3Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619627092018},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The college currently has four full-time faculty members and about two dozen adjunct professors who primarily teach courses in business, psychology and music. Its tuition and fees next school year will be $4,250 a semester. Its net assets were about $3.1 million, according to federal tax records for a 12-month period that ended June 30. Comparatively, tax records show the net assets of Atlanta’s three other HBCUs that offer bachelor’s degrees — Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman colleges — are approximately $220 million, $266 million and $541 million, respectively.”},{“_id”:”XHR6TEB7WVGFFDXYQZVYOV64OU”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”M2OB7A45DNFC5N4Z7QJOFHHELI”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Morris Brown College granted ‘candidacy’ for accreditation”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/education/morris-brown-college-granted-candidacy-for-accreditation/L4ZJUQ55OVHKJBTRSGR225UV3M/”},{“_id”:”PWOMKSVYLZDLBEFZPPSG47RPK4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356443},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Founded in 1881 by the Georgia Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and named for one of its bishops, Morris Brown was the first institution of higher education in Georgia created by Black people for Black people.”},{“_id”:”NDPQTUXHVBFY5D3WXTWCWVBMB4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356444},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 2003, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked Morris Brown’s accreditation because of the school’s ballooning debt. Its president and financial aid director were put on probation after pleading guilty to embezzlement charges.”},{“_id”:”O6CTD2R37VDRVO6EU3THAZJHWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356445},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Morris Brown filed for bankruptcy in 2012, but the college continued to operate to the bemusement of some and cheers of others.”},{“_id”:”3VCGTKGGMBHWJFOYB2TBTY6A2U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356446},”type”:”text”,”content”:”James, previously interim CEO of the 100 Black Men of America, said upon his arrival his goal was to regain accreditation. He got alumni excited by regularly posting updates on Facebook and setting ambitious fundraising goals. Accreditors wanted to make sure the college was on solid financial footing, and a key moment came in January 2020 when the AME church forgave the college’s $4.5 million debt.”},{“_id”:”FAWYW6J2V5HQRCLLY4YVQ4CYYM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356447},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Schools seeking reaccreditation also need to show stability in areas such as student support services, curricula and student learning outcomes, said Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.”},{“_id”:”GXYTMSUKIBGIDKQ5Q7MPNBYBYY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619627092025},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It may take another year before the college receives its accreditation. When asked what he says to critics and skeptics, James said “I don’t say a lot. I show them what we’re doing.””},{“_id”:”PWFRTLGITJHUTNMI7ZMH4TTTVY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619650004231},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Hope for a different outcome”},{“_id”:”NJ2BV35LIRFHXB5XU6IBV3HZKU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356448},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Morris Brown had a prior experience with reorganizing after financial turmoil. The school filed for bankruptcy in 1928 and restructured four years later.”},{“_id”:”CBVENRSX3BFUVJICBO6JGGUTHI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356449},”type”:”text”,”content”:”This time, Morris Brown faces a far different educational environment. Many colleges are scrambling to find new ways to attract students amid enrollment declines resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts predict college enrollment will decline statewide in a few years. Historically Black colleges are facing greater competition from predominately white institutions for Black students. By some accounts, Georgia State University now graduates more Black students than any school in the nation.”},{“_id”:”SJM2JX5BOJFTZAIYV3QP3DQ2ZA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619481453349},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Morris Brown has a rich cultural legacy on which it can build, but on its own, that will be insufficient,” said Shaun Harper, a Georgia native who is founder and director of the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center. “It has to differentiate itself through culturally empowering curriculum, the hiring of Black faculty, multidimensional recruitment activities, and innovative academic programs.””},{“_id”:”3DZTKGUYA5FFVN6ZBPIOYINRMQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619627092030},”type”:”text”,”content”:”James and others believe the college can carve out its own niche by being on the frontlines of social justice issues. It was the first Georgia college to support a boycott of companies it believes wasn’t outspoken on the state’s new voting law, which critics say will make it tougher for many minorities to vote. James said the college is also partnering with Covenant House to enroll 15 homeless, sex-trafficked youth this fall.”},{“_id”:”TS3NBX3ZBZEHZCPDBPN4YK3CYA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619627092031},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s also involved in a partnership that could bring a sorely-needed revenue stream. Hilton and CGI Merchant Group, a a real estate investment management firm with offices in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens and Toronto, are planning to build a hotel on Morris Brown’s campus in its old science building, a L-shaped, brick building next to the college’s administration offices. Construction is scheduled to start this fall.”},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”copyright”:”2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”address”:{“locality”:”Atlanta”,”region”:”GA”},”caption”:”April 21, 2021 Atlanta – The exterior of a building on Morris Brown College’s campus where a new hotel is to be built in partnership with Hilton. 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The school will offer hospitality courses, internships and train students who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. The partners in the project envision hotel guests who attend events at the Mercedes-Benz stadium, people visiting for homecoming and attending other events at the Atlanta University Center.”},{“_id”:”OBS7REUI4BDLVCFYRNWB3CIA24″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356453},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The idea of a hotel at the school came about through conversations between James, board member Cassius Butts and Euclid Walker, CGI’s senior managing director, also a Morehouse College trustee. CGI has worked on some mixed-use developments and in December announced a $650 million fund to acquire and develop more than 20 hotels over the next three years. The partners include retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez.”},{“_id”:”OIWZEKFNH5FBFCTTPZYNECWULM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356454},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We really thought it was a great opportunity for CGI and our partners at Hilton to help an underserved historically Black college regain prominence and regain accreditation,” said Walker. “We were attracted to that story because we felt it had a even greater social impact than if we did it at another school.””},{“_id”:”CERABHSXL5D2LICML57YAWMWQU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1594734569707},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Nala Sarabi Miller, who plans to resume her college education at Morris Brown this fall, said she was also attracted to that story.”},{“_id”:”QB652HMPI5HFLJ4CTCPKS4L4B4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356456},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Miller, 21, was previously a student at Georgia State University, but didn’t return last year when the coronavirus pandemic began. She believes being at a historically Black college like Morris Brown will be a better fit, along with its smaller staff-to-student ratio. Miller, noting the college’s role as a backdrop in some movies and the use of its name in rap songs, described Morris Brown as “prestigious.””},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”copyright”:”2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”address”:{“locality”:”Atlanta”,”region”:”GA”},”caption”:”Morris Brown alumnus Jeffery Miller and his daughter and incoming student Nala Sarabi Miller share a smile after they worn school jackets at Morris Brown College on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 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She took dual enrollment courses in high school and wanted to know how many credits she’ll be able to transfer to Morris Brown.”},{“_id”:”N63KMASLWFBWNENPUSQ7VBYXMQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619475356460},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“That’s the point. 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It is the first HBCU in Georgia that was founded by Black people for Black people.”},{“_id”:”AD5NZ75QJ5FPFOW2MZTA5TIRLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”1912 The college receives a state charter and becomes Morris Brown University.”},{“_id”:”UMRHM4FJOBA7BDWENMPWYKTBFY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”1928 The school’s rapid growth and financial practices force Morris Brown into bankruptcy.”},{“_id”:”KGFVISMURNGGXLERWHWNR6NAQM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”1941 Morris Brown joins the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of the area’s historically Black colleges.”},{“_id”:”CT66JZ66GFH2NBCCKMXU3QPJ3E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”2003 The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revokes Morris Brown’s accreditation because of the school’s ballooning debt.”},{“_id”:”NXELQVWWAVHIZFC7XZZ3LZDQWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”2012 The college files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and erases tens of millions of dollars in debt.”},{“_id”:”POAF4W5YZNA7PBKBFL27UPHPWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”January 2020 The African Methodist Episcopal Church board’s Executive Committee voted to forgive more than $4 million in debt owed by the college.”},{“_id”:”BPG5VOGUXNCCJJINOK5PQV7REE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”November 2020 The Virginia-based Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools accepted the college’s application for accreditation.”},{“_id”:”JYHSPRJYM5FZLKE2LKHLWZHYFM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[]},”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:{},”content”:”April 2021 TRACCS approved the college’s candidacy for accreditation.”}]}],”display_date”:”2021-05-03T17:48:05.408Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Morris Brown College’s ‘hard reset’”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-05-01T11:00:00Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/education”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”Education”,”description”:”School and education news from metro Atlanta and Georgia from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. including Atlanta Georgia schools: Atlanta, Gwinnett County Schools, Cobb County, DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Buford, Marietta, Decatur, city of Atlanta schools”,”_id”:”/education”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“AmpNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/news”,”SectionMap”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:”/news”,”TopNav”:”/news”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”School and education news from metro Atlanta and Georgia from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. including Atlanta Georgia schools: Atlanta, Gwinnett County Schools, Cobb County, DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Buford, Marietta, Decatur, city of Atlanta schools”,”site_title”:”Atlanta Schools: Education and School News”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”Education”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”Education”,”_id”:”/education”,”ancestors”:{“TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/news”],”SectionMap”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”MainMenuRedesign2021″:[“https://www.ajc.com/”,”/news”],”TopNav”:[“/news”]},”order”:{“AmpNav”:1014,”default”:1014,”TopNavRedesign”:2006,”SectionMap”:1006,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:2006,”TopNav”:2007,”ComposerNav”:1041}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./education”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″}],”primary_section”:{“path”:”/education”,”name”:”Education”},”tags”:[{“text”:”higher education”},{“text”:”coronavirus-schools-business”},{“text”:”teamjanel”},{“text”:”school-news.ajc”},{“text”:”georgia education”},{“text”:”news.naviga”}]},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-05-04T14:29:38.032Z”,”canonical_url”:”/education/morris-brown-colleges-hard-reset/VZSOYGXWMZDEXBITEC3XCOJGHA/”,”promo_items”:{“basic”:{“credits”:{“by”:[{“name”:”HYOSUB SHIN / AJC”,”type”:”author”}]},”subtitle”:”Morris Brown follow up”,”width”:5865,”caption”:”Morris Brown’s president Dr. Kevin E. 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Added to that is all of the stress and worries of living during a pandemic, which for many students meant abruptly leaving their campuses. Counselors say it’s been challenging to help students amid the coronavirus pandemic since many students are not on campus. Several schools have reported a decline in new appointments. And it’s not just the students struggling; the providers helping them are dealing with their own stresses.”},{“_id”:”DDG7HTT6AZCF3EO5TNLN2SI25E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618958696024},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Fortunately, area colleges and universities have begun to roll out additional mental health services recently, due in large part to a significant increase in funding. As more students return to campus next school year, even more services are planned.”},{“_id”:”6U5G422G2NEYPIZ7P3T2HYC6ME”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”DWA2GZVJIRGMPLZTIB3ZCVR67M”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”OPINION: Pay more attention to mental health than to test scores”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/blog/get-schooled/opinion-pay-more-attention-mental-health-than-test-scores/p1NOhFFKKUvws3IHBLU83H/”},{“_id”:”JKTHPKJIO5HNDK4AGAWKJMFVLA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565930},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Last August, Gov. Brian Kemp allocated $11.5 million of the $4.1 billion Georgia received last year from the federal CARES Act to expand mental health services for the University System of Georgia’s 26 schools. Most of that funding, $8.6 million, expands USG clinical resources to provide telephonic psychiatric care and clinical counseling services for all students. The system will also establish a 24/7 hotline and well-being support programs. Another $1.1 million in mini-grants was also set aside for each school to support mental health and wellness.”},{“_id”:”6XEEUB4X2VDWBBFX6GJAF2ZD2Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619554626416},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Students say the services have helped. Others say more counselors are needed and the counselors on campus are overworked.”},{“_id”:”MZ6BZB4RSFHOLI4H2SWRS2REH4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619617283149},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Widespread research shows mental health is a growing problem on college campuses nationwide. A 2018 study by a team of Harvard Medical School researchers of about 67,000 students in more than 100 colleges and universities found 1 in 4 students reported being diagnosed with or treated for a mental health disorder in the prior year. Nine percent of those surveyed attempted suicide.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”These are some of the items Clayton State University counselors had on hand with information about mental health awareness at a recent health fair.”,”source”:{“system”:”photo center”,”name”:”AJC”,”edit_url”:”https://ajc.arcpublishing.com/photo/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE”,”source_type”:”staff”,”additional_properties”:{“editor”:”photo center”}},”taxonomy”:{“associated_tasks”:[]},”type”:”image”,”distributor”:{“mode”:”reference”,”reference_id”:”8aec2b8c-455c-4816-903d-79fc8fdf8019″},”version”:”0.10.3″,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE.jpg”,”licensable”:false,”credits”:{“affiliation”:[]},”subtitle”:”Clayton State mental health items”,”width”:2016,”_id”:”WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE”,”additional_properties”:{“fullSizeResizeUrl”:”/resizer/O0cbbJjfMkHbzIzxFUEog9YT3pA=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE.jpg”,”owner”:”eric.stirgus@ajc.com”,”comments”:[],”proxyUrl”:”/resizer/O0cbbJjfMkHbzIzxFUEog9YT3pA=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE.jpg”,”originalUrl”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE.jpg”,”published”:true,”resizeUrl”:”/resizer/O0cbbJjfMkHbzIzxFUEog9YT3pA=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE.jpg”,”ingestionMethod”:”manual”,”thumbnailResizeUrl”:”/resizer/O4RRSm-bE_FkrA2wCbnOYt0VYMs=/300×0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/WVMRH3TXQRE37MTACYJ3L6STAE.jpg”,”version”:0,”originalName”:”mental health fliers_2016x1134.jpg”,”mime_type”:”image/jpeg”,”restricted”:false,”template_id”:594,”galleries”:[],”_id”:”2KGYUCY2H5F7XHDW4Y2ZGFEUKA”},”created_date”:”2021-04-26T01:41:55Z”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-04-26T01:41:55Z”,”height”:1134,”image_type”:”photograph”},{“_id”:”KSAGCPBIPRF5HHOJAESKRU7M24″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565932},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Despite the statistics, many parents and students say colleges haven’t done enough to address the issue. For example, the parents of an Emory University student filed a lawsuit against the school in March, claiming university officials did little to address their son’s mental health issues before the student took his own life in August 2019. Emory, the state’s largest private university, has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. In a statement noting its condolences to the family, it also pointed to resources such as free access to telephonic mental health services since most students are off campus due to the pandemic.”},{“_id”:”RR6CE2FT5NDBTERWL2FEXFXS7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548583},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The number of students seeking counseling services at Georgia State University, the state’s largest, has increased by 80% within the last six years, according to Clinical Services Director Mikyta Daugherty. The increase is due to two factors: the reduced stigma around mental health and a shift in the university counseling center’s internal practices, which included adding the option of walk-in appointments.”},{“_id”:”VP754RYGBRFRDBMVLQATWJJCQM”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”I3HAQJ5DF5F5HHPQFNZS6EUOHM”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Previous coverage: Georgia colleges work on plan to improve mental health on campuses”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/education/georgia-colleges-work-on-plan-to-improve-mental-health-on-campuses/XDDYNMKNX5HRTIFWE4S2VBXVFY/”},{“_id”:”RCTR5DPC6RG6RJPQJGVEFFQ3NM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548584},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Given the increasing demand with limited resources, the school sought an outside service. In January, Georgia State began providing its students free access to Togetherall, an anonymous online mental health community for users to seek and provide mental health support. The platform is moderated by counselors and crisis interventionists to monitor for users posting alarming information.”},{“_id”:”LF4CQG3VJVHEVPLICXTUIKV2TU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548585},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia State has lost five contracted counselors since the start of the pandemic, according to Daughtery. Some left to care for children or sick relatives, some shifted to private practice and others had their own COVID-related health complications.”},{“_id”:”VPIQ27CWDFGEPJAN3L3C5AIM54″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548586},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Burnout is also a major concern. Some counselors have struggled with setting aside their own anxieties to help their clients, Daughtery said, and spending hours a day on a virtual platform has overwhelmed them.”},{“_id”:”IWYMVN6QN5FU3PUF5GYCM4AWXI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548587},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There really hasn’t been much talk about those who are supporting people with those concerns,” Daughtery said. “Maintaining our steady presence while we’ve been dealing with the same chaos that the rest of the world has been dealing with has been a challenge.””},{“_id”:”KT24QZHUFRGK5BWS6VFUQ3OI4Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548588},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The pandemic blurred the once-defined lines between life in and out of the counseling room, said Andrew Lee, the president of the American College Counseling Association.”},{“_id”:”IIKLSYGUHNBFHAKB7W4VF2OHWU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548589},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s difficult to gauge how the pandemic has affected the experiences of counselors because they’re is still in the thick of it, Lee said. Counselors’ concerns feel acute because they are still enduring them, and what happens a year or two years down the line is still a big question mark. The same goes for students.”},{“_id”:”34Y2R6X5MNGXJOLJYYS5O62C54″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619810480270},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lee envisions that universities will see a spike in the demand for counseling services once students have time to process the trauma from the past year.”},{“_id”:”BTRPUYPGTFCW3OIXKQT53YUOV4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619102548591},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Most people are saying ‘I just want to get through it and then I can process it,’ and then we can see what the emotional reactions are and the ongoing emotional stress,” Lee said. “Right now, it’s just about getting through the day-to-day.””},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Two Georgia Tech students sign notes discussing their feelings during a wellness event on its main campus. 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Hughes-Troutman, director of the Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education”},{“_id”:”BRWAI4T7YRCGPDLT2XV4Y2PYDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619801818230},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Like other schools, they’ve attempted to offer more online services over the past year. Graduate students, for example, participate in game nights to help students feel less isolated. Administrators have also tried to better support counselors through weekly activities that include virtual yoga sessions.”},{“_id”:”UGYKYOMYEVEPZAXAFA4EJFMVSA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619401012004},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’ve all been affected,” Hughes-Troutman said.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”Georgia Tech President Angel Cabrera, dressed in a dark blazer, talks to employees during staff appreciation event on its campus. Georgia Tech has held more such wellness events, particularly for mental health counselors dealing with various forms of stress. 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Here’s a breakdown of how much money was received by the schools in metro Atlanta and at the University of Georgia, the state’s flagship university.”},{“_id”:”KXPWZF2JCRETPPYT3XLUMNZBYI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565935},”type”:”text”,”content”:”College/University Funding”},{“_id”:”5UUCCYRTPRE6ZAQZ2TA2SEXVTA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565936},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia Tech $74,900″},{“_id”:”Z44WSQFZ6VBRJF3KJOXS26LEWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565937},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta Metropolitan State College $57,455″},{“_id”:”6RLO6YHNJJDQPPDTAVRY7DCL6Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565938},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University of North Georgia $53,060″},{“_id”:”YXOXKTJSZRA67NE7RDJWEIVZBY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565939},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia State University $55,500″},{“_id”:”PLQMGZPDZZEF5EODJ6BZR6TJFE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565940},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Kennesaw State University $50,482″},{“_id”:”BFOWWWM4LRGANI3EIMYGC7VAUI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565941},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clayton State University $39,243″},{“_id”:”M7BSCMX4S5BWTMYHU34BCS2S4A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565942},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University of Georgia $35,000″},{“_id”:”JHKQVYAF6NGA3OYYKBO627C3CQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565943},”type”:”text”,”content”:”University of West Georgia $27,500″},{“_id”:”ORL5OLFA7FFIBEMADD336RLBVI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565944},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia Gwinnett College $26,377″},{“_id”:”2MSXGKSGYFFGNMQFFNQO3FWQGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619801818254},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Source: University System of Georgia”},{“_id”:”LMVLOKINHJD67GIV7MZTNTIVNU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618934565945},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
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