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Degrees of change

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We prepare diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and career in order 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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Christian’s Story

Poet. Speaker. Educator. Act Six alum Christian Paige is an Emmy-nominated poet, passionate keynote speaker, and an equity consultant who ignites scholars and leaders to use their voices powerfully. He is an unapologetic truth teller who uses his artistic expression to empower individuals and communities.…

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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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Megan’s Story

Megan Quiñones is a Palmer Scholar studying political science and sociology at Saint Martin’s University. Growing up a bi-racial woman impacted by economic poverty in Tacoma has inspired her academic studies, interest in non-profit work, and holistic focus on anti-oppression work. During her time with…

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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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Act Six Graduate April Reyes Highlighted in ResoLute Magazine

2021 Pacific Lutheran University graduate and Act Six Scholar, April Reyes was highlighted in the PLU quarterly magazine, ResoLute. The article, “No Mud, No Lotus” explores April’s tattoos and her story from a traumatic past to Act Six and PLU to currently pursuing her Masters…
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Tono Sablan, Act Six Graduate Wins Franklin-Pierce School Board Race

Tono, Act Six graduate from Pacific Lutheran University and Franklin Pierce High School graduate, recently won election to the Franklin-Pierce School District Position 5 in Washington. A passionate community advocate, Tono earned his Master of Public Administration from the Evergreen State College. Following graduation, he…