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This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that it would no longer require SAT or ACT scores for applicants starting in 2023, joining a small but growing set of test-optional colleges and universities. If this trend continues across a wide array of institutions, it could not only reduce high school students’ stress during the application process, but also contribute to more diverse and equitable college admissions.

Interdependent Insights?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 5: Innovating Inclusion
I’m the minority here. The high school students in my sustainable business seminar embody far greater diversity than the cohort of professionals with whom I regularly work. I’m deeply invested in the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin program because more of my meetings should resemble the mix represented in this classroom. Making such pivotal educational opportunities more accessible is paramount. Despite good intentions, greater inclusion won’t just happen, it must be cultivated. Solving complex challenges often requires the wisdom of multiple perspectives. I’ve watched our students not just tolerate or overcome their differences, but rather combine, align and build upon them over the last month. Which doesn’t mean that everything always goes smoothly. However, living in close community for two weeks imbues these future leaders from across the country and world with a common experience, trusted bonds, and a sense of urgency that helps them navigate the occasional turbulence of collaboration. I continue to have my assumptions challenged and to learn from these motivated teens from backgrounds very different than my own, profoundly knowing that our success is dependent on theirs.

 

P.S. Due to robust demand this year, Foresight needs to raise $20K by August to cover the requisite scholarship resources to support the economically and racially diverse student body that is the program’s foundation. I would rather assume this challenge than turn away passionate, engaged and highly qualified students who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend. It only takes a minute to make a one-time, or monthly, tax-deductible donation at: www.foresightprep.org/donate. Is it worth it? I’d invite you to read some of this year's weekly e-postcards posted on the program’s homepage. Each of our students embraced uncertainty, courageously grasping the opportunity to positively inflect their trajectories and, quite possibly, ours.

Many thanks to those who have already contributed and made a difference! 

City Limits?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 1*: Forging Adjacencies
I’m living on an island. Surrounded by fields instead of water, the small Ohio town of some 8000 residents to which I’ve temporarily relocated is still an island. It’s quiet, pastoral, isolated, and yet connected to the other islands, and eventually the Cleveland-area mainland, by causeways extending in several directions across the fertile moat.

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A Triple Win?

Peter Nicholson

Limited Edition: Order Today!
I don’t like saying “ no.” It is especially difficult when the recipients are bright, engaged, passionate young people from diverse backgrounds who are eager to learn. At Foresight, we’re always reaching for those powerful solutions that provide multiple benefits. Several years ago, my friend Tom Bachtell, a renowned illustrator whose dynamic work regularly graces The New Yorker magazine, among other high profile publications, sent me a great notecard featuring one of his drawings. I loved the work's brilliant combination of whimsy and profundity, how it highlighted the issue of climate change, with no words necessary. Fast forward to a few months ago, when we began receiving a larger than anticipated stack of applications to our high school summer program requesting need-based scholarship support. Rejecting these motivated students with impressive grades, teacher recommendations and personal essays is painful and unjust. Leveraging our entrepreneurial verve and talented friends, Foresight’s staff rose to the occasion. Ordering one (or more!) of our new, limited edition grocery and lunch bags will help you reduce your environmental impact, make a (dare I say, fun?) statement about climate change and, most importantly, empower diverse, next generation leaders to connect with peers, deepen their knowledge, and better realize the potential of their talents to create positive solutions.

Don’t need any bags? You can still contribute by donating to our crowdfunding campaign for one of our students, in particular, here