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Degrees of change

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We prepare diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities.
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Our scholars defy the status quo, graduating college at double the rate for students from similar demographics.

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Diverse, homegrown leaders build more equitable systems on campus, at home and beyond.

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Our programs support students from 7 communities across 5 states at 23 private and public, 4- and 2-year colleges.

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Michelle’s Story

Michelle Bess always aspired to be a leader and role model. Through Act Six, Michelle got her first glimpse at the kind of impact to be found in radical inclusion. Today, she serves as director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Sprout Social, a Chicago-based…

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Marianne’s Story

Marianne is a freshman at the University of Washington Tacoma who is passionate about empowering the next generation. Her dream is to educate young people with the tools and resources to engage the systemic inequalities that they see in their community as a High School…

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Denice’s Story

Upon graduating from Whitworth University as an Act Six scholar, L. Denice Randle committed herself to fighting for educational equity. Since then, she's charted a career in education that uniquely equipped her for her current role as executive director at Peace Community Center, a nonprofit…

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At Degrees of Change we are growing scholars and leaders. As a result, new generations of talented and connected, homegrown, college graduates are transforming their home communities and beyond.
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Degrees of Change Statement on Recent Racial Violence

Dear Degrees of Change community, Through recent weeks, we’ve joined people and communities across the country in grieving the continued killings of unarmed Black people. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, together with the false accusations of Amy Cooper, have sparked…