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Tariq Dixon and Bryan Barnhill II, both juniors at Harvard University, share a variety of common characteristics, including race and gender. The two black male undergraduates maintain 3.6 cumulative grade point averages, are extremely active on campus and hold leadership positions in multiple student organizations, and aspire to attend law schools upon completion of their bachelor's degrees. Perhaps more interesting are the circumstances from which they emerged. Some may erroneously assume that all Harvard students come from privileged socioeconomic backgrounds and high resource preparatory schools, which is far from true.
Harper, S. R. (2006). Reconceptualizing Reactive Policy Responses to Black Male College Achievement: Implications from a National Study. Retrieved from http://repository.upenn.edu/gse_pubs/169
Date Posted: 29 September 2008