One of the best parts about being at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is the opportunity to listen to different experts in their field. In the first couple months that I have been here, I have been fortunate to learn from a wide array of guest speakers, documentaries, and panelists. At HGSE, you’ll find ways to be engaged outside of the classroom and find the topics of interest, especially given the inequities in education at every level across the world.
Last semester, I had the great privilege to attend the Televisa Foundation official “Think About It” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage the roughly half a million undocumented youth to register for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program to gain the legal right to work and not fear deportation. Advocates of the undocumented youth would admittedly state that although DACA is a great first step, it is still only a band-aid solution instead of a much-needed comprehensive immigration reform.
As a student in the Higher Education Program interested in equity, access, and college affordability, empowering disenfranchised communities to gain access to a college education is central to my mission. The institutional support in receiving a warm welcome by Dean Ryan and the involvement of Professor Roberto Gonzalez in collaborating with the Televisa Foundation and the multiple community organizations reinforces HGSE’s mission that Education is for everyone.
As I think about the great privilege of being exposed to endless opportunities here at HGSE, I can’t help but think of the youth who want to be here, but can’t. If you yourself are interested in education for all, I challenge you to Think About It.
Gerardo Ochoa is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Higher Education Program. He has dedicated his professional journey to address issues of college access, persistence, affordability, and helping students find their life purpose. Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Gerardo now calls Portland, OR home. Follow Gerardo on twitter at @gerardoochoa.