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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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City of Sumner Mayor, Bill Pugh reflects on Seed Interns

Eva Vasmanova, public works/GIS intern and Onja Rabenarivo, engineering/public works intern worked with the city of Sumner throughout the summer while participating in the Seed Internship program. Mayor Bill Pugh reflected on recruiting the next generation of leaders in a recent letter to constituents. He…
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Act Six Celebrates 87 New Graduates

Tacoma, Wash. – August 9, 2021 –This past school year, with our largest graduating class, 87 Act Six scholars from underrepresented communities throughout Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota graduated from college, bringing the count of program graduates to 540. These scholars, hailing from Tacoma,…
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Leadership of Tacoma Completes Transitions to Foundation for Tacoma Students

Degrees of Change launched the Tacoma Completes initiative in 2019 in collaboration with the Foundation for Tacoma Students (FFTS).  Focused on increasing the college completion rates for Tacoma Public Schools graduates by working on systems-level changes with community partners, Tacoma Completes has surfaced valuable data…