The virus. This unrest.
It’s a challenging world we’re living in and I hope you are feeling safe wherever you are.
For many, and especially our African-American friends, it’s been extremely disturbing to witness the recent acts of violence and racism here in the United States. You might be hurting during this difficult time.
We wanted to take a moment to emphasize that Ivy Insight is anti-racist, and we advocate for fairness and equity in admissions and in society.
- hiring consultants and administrators of color,
- advocating for fair admissions in Forbes,
- and having a culture where it’s accepted and encouraged to speak your mind.
In my capacity as Affiliated Faculty at University of Pennsylvania, I advocate and educate about the importance of diverse teams. On a personal note, I donate to anti-racist causes, and seek out interactions with people who are different from me.
But the work of being anti-racist is never done.
There is always more to learn and further to grow. Just as you push yourself out of your comfort zone in pursuit of excellence, so too does this work push you to be better and do better. And it’s hard work because you can’t perfect it and you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Below my signature is a select list of resources that can support you along the way.
In the admissions process, deeply entrenched systems of privilege and bias are keenly felt. Admissions officers stereotype and make snap judgments in minutes (sometimes seconds) about you and your character based on heuristics like your GPA, test scores, race, and high school attended.
While stereotyping and faulty assumptions can result in unfair admissions decisions, for black Americans, stereotyping can have grave consequences as shown in the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many others who have suffered and lost their lives under racist systems.
During this time, we at Ivy Insight want to take additional steps to put our money where our mouth is.
In case you missed it, we just extended the deadline Emerging Leader Internship Program. Because of the crisis, we are offering financial assistance to help needy students attend, and application fee waivers where appropriate. We only have a few spaces left, and the deadline is June 10.
Through our program, you can choose your own project that could quite possibly change the world. Whether you’re addressing the Coronavirus crisis alongside Duke University graduate students and professors; getting mentored by a medical doctor; or working on topical research at Yale or University of Pennsylvania; YOU have the opportunity to create new insights that can reshape narratives and address the world’s challenges.
Ours is a special 6-week program for you to come together with other young people in search of a better tomorrow while pursuing an opportunity to work remotely in an internship that aligns best with your unique set of skills, talents, and interests.
Here are some additional Anti-Racist Resources:
- Bring up racial justice with your family.
- Campaign Zero: online platform & organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America
- The Conscious Kid: The Premier Legal Organization Fighting for Racial Justice
Reach out if we can support you in any way during this challenging time. We look forward to creating a better tomorrow with you.