Anthony Abraham Jack, a Harvard University researcher and author of The Privileged Poor, discusses his own experience as a low-income college student as well as the experiences of many of today’s learners who are navigating an unfamiliar affluent campus culture they struggle to understand, let alone join. He suggests simple things educators can do to make their campuses not only more diverse, but truly inclusive.


About Tony Jack

Anthony Abraham Jack is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged—those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools—and Privileged Poor—those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Politico, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, and NPR have featured his research as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. He is the author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students.