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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Doctoral student Michael Reid Jr. at University of Texas, Austin, aims to use research to explore poverty’s impact on student development. Reid’s experiences in Philadelphia’s public schools inspire his focus on educational policy and planning. As an undergraduate, his research on income segregation further motivated his current focus. Reid plans to use data and research to inform policy-making, supporting marginalized families. His master’s thesis examined the relationship between income segregation, district wealth, and income-achievement gaps. His ongoing dissertation explores the effects of segregation on Black families in urban communities. Reid hopes to influence policy research and advocacy post-doctorate, aiming to create positive change for students most in need.

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