Closing Thoughts on Black History Month

As we conclude Black History Month 2021, Jahshua Smith, metro Detroit region program supervisor for AdviseMI, asked MCAN AmeriCorps VISTA Delesiya Davis and four of our AdviseMI college advisers about what the month means to them.

Say it White: An Opinionated Meditation on Code-switching

AdviseMI college adviser Zariea Williams discusses "code-switching," where Black people use white language to navigate professional spaces.

Expanding the Postsecondary Conversation and Addressing Low College-Going Rates

Everyone imagines their last year of high school as being the time of their life. ... However, the 2020-21 school year hasn’t lived up to what most seniors were hoping for when they began their high school journey four years ago.

Black College Graduates Matter

AdviseMI college adviser Rayvon Miles-Smith interviews two Black college graduates about their college experience and the importance of Black history.

Realizing the Importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

AdviseMI college adviser Janay Johnson reflects on her college selection process and how she dismissed HBCUs too quickly.

Looking Back to Find the Way Forward

Jahshua Smith reflects on the beginnings of Black History Month and the lessons today's activists can learn from it.

FAFSA Verification Remains a Hurdle for Students; Here’s What We Know

Guest author Bill DeBaun, NCAN Director of Data and Evaluation, looks at some of the barriers that prevent students from completing the FAFSA.

Helping Students Find College Cash: Challenges and Successes

First-year AdviseMI adviser Janay Johnson talks about her successes and challenges implementing the College Cash Campaign in her high school.

Impact Map updates

Schuyler Pruis, MCAN's Americorps VISTA for data and technology, walks through the updates to our Impact Map.

Reflecting on My AdviseMI Service: In Pursuit of Dreams

AdviseMI adviser Erneso Duran talks about his accomplishments as an adviser, and what he looks forward to in the new year.