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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 24 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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Marquise Dixon Is Paving the Way for Others to Lead

Act Six was founded two decades ago. But it was eight years ago that it expanded to the Midwest and became a national program thanks to the leadership of an extraordinary person – Marquise Dixon, CPO and Act Six national director. “I try to represent…
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Seed Internships: An Opportunity to Grow

by Maria Babko Becoming a senior in the computer science major at the University of Washington Tacoma is very exciting. But because I’m so close to graduation, family, friends, teachers, and colleagues have started asking what my post-graduation plan is. With this pressure, I knew…
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The Power of Giving

Last year, more than half of people in the U.S. donated to charity and nonprofits. Two-thirds of annual donations come in during just two months, November and December. It’s called Giving Season, a time that can inspire great positive change and healing in a world…