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Where We’re Going: The Role of Expectations

Whether we realize it or not, the people who surround us as we grow up inform our sense of possibility. Discreet messages are passed along by what our peer groups, siblings, and parents not only say but what they do. They shape what we imagine we can be.

Where We’re Going: The Art of Storytelling

We all have a story, and telling it can be an emotional experience. We tell our stories to heal ourselves, but we also tell our stories because we want to be heard. We want people to understand our experience and what grounds us.

Where We’re Going: Everyday Equity

“Everyday equity” describes equity focused on the day-to-day routine of peoples’ lives. The things that affect us daily—bus schedules, parent-teacher conferences, community events—may be part of larger systems.

Where We’re Going: Breaking Through Barriers

“You can’t go fly in there like Superman with a cape on.” That’s Brianna Roach’s warning against miscalculating how to support individuals’ efforts to reach education and employment goals. Indeed, when it comes to student success, sometimes the challenge and the opportunity are the same thing.

Building Commitment for Community Change

In MDC’s work with community partnerships, we sometimes think of Henry Ford’s quote: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Building and sustaining a partnership that can successfully achieve large scale, system-level change is a process tha


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