Education Pipeline Overview


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The powerpoint outlines my journey along an informal pipeline that eventually allowed me to successfully navigate higher education. It also describes the current programming offered by the Pacific McGeorge Education Pipeline Initiative.

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  • My journey began in the Compton public school system at a time when gangs were rampant, classes were overcrowded, and it was common to have a substitute teacher more than your actual teacher. Additionally, academic enrichment programs were only available to a select group of students—and those students were subjectively chosen by teachers.
  • Fortunately for me, my pipeline journey consisted of several components that made it successful. First, …
  • Next, being selected for the GATE program
  • I established several relationships with Mentors that I met through GATE programming. These relationships exposed me to different communities and social/cultural activities. I also found out about college preparatory and other “Pipeline” programs through my mentors and they assisted me with the application processes, fees, and by writing recommendations.
  • I found out about the CA Academy of Math and Science from one of my GATE mentors—an administrator at the Middle School I attended. My middle school, at the behest of my mentor, provided the materials I needed to apply for CAMS (admission required a science project and in-person presentation/explanation). My mentor personally paid for the materials my school could not provide. I was admitted to CAMS based on this assistance and my scholastic record. At CAMS, I learned about college admission requirements and the application process. I also learned about scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid to attend college for the first time.
  • Throughout my academic career, I was only exposed to Pipeline programs for Math and Sciences, including MESA, Medical School programs—Charles Drew, etc. I did not come in contact with a Law School Pipeline program until I attended UCLA. Until this point, I did not have a personal relationship with anyone in the legal profession. Law Fellows exposed me to the various aspects of the legal profession and provided a scholarship to take a Law School Admissions Test preparatory course. The program also provided legal mentors and fostered relationship development of mentors/mentees
  • It was through the various “Pipeline” programs, and the relationships I formed as a result of my participation in them, that I had a competitive application package (the right LSAT, GPA, recommendations, and personal statement).
  • Add specific notes from Cathy’s last report and from the Irvine report. Increase in credits, increase in GPA those who participated, increase in CAHSEE pass, increase attendance, increase college, etc.
  • A celebration for mentees, law student mentors, and their families to commemorate the year’s accomplishments
  • Education Pipeline Overview

    1. 1. The Education Pipeline Initiative (EPI) Kiyana Davis, Esq. Director, Education Pipeline Initiative University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    2. 2. My “Pipeline” Journey Compton Public Schools
    3. 3. My “Pipeline” Journey Positive Home Environment Compton Public Schools
    4. 4. My “Pipeline” Journey Positive Home Environment GATE Program Compton Public Schools
    5. 5. My “Pipeline” Journey Compton Public Schools GATE Program Mentorship Opportunities from GATE Positive Home Environment
    6. 6. My “Pipeline” Journey Compton Public Schools GATE Program Mentorship Opportunities from GATE CAMS – College Preparatory High School Positive Home Environment
    7. 7. My “Pipeline” Journey Compton Public Schools GATE Program Mentorship Opportunities from GATE CAMS – College Preparatory High School Positive Home Environment UCLA Law Fellows
    8. 8. My “Pipeline” Journey Compton Public Schools GATE Program Mentorship Opportunities from GATE CAMS – College Preparatory High School Positive Home Environment Cerritos College Transfer Center UC Berkeley School of Law Acceptance UCLA Law Fellows
    9. 9. Why my journey was successful? <ul><li>GATE Program started the chain of events that funneled me into more “Pipeline” programs </li></ul><ul><li>Mentorship relationships led to knowledge and recommendation for future “Pipeline” programs </li></ul><ul><li>Attended a college preparatory high school and learned the college admission requirements and steps of the application process </li></ul><ul><li>Learned to seek out “Pipeline programs” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Why Pipeline Programs? <ul><li>Despite growth in minority populations the practicing bar remains 90% White </li></ul><ul><li>We are the second least diverse profession </li></ul><ul><li>We cannot bring diverse students into law school if they “leak” out of the educational pipeline well before our gates </li></ul>
    11. 11. Why Pipeline Programs <ul><li>Evidence demonstrates that collaborative efforts along the pipeline can narrow the achievement gap. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence shows that rigorous and engaging programs with high expectations and a college culture can keep students in school and offer them opportunities to aspire and achieve. </li></ul><ul><li>Law’s pedagogy and community offer these. </li></ul>Gates 3Rs; McGrath, The Collaborative Advantage
    12. 12. Education Pipeline Programs
    13. 13. Approach & Goals <ul><li>Aimed at K-12 schools with high percentage of low-income students and students of color </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to narrow the achievement gap by enhancing these students’ aspirations and capacity to succeed in college and beyond. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Structure of the Program <ul><li>THE CONCEPT OF TEAM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visioning Sessions with Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IMPLEMENTATION at the LAW SCHOOL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law Student Volunteers </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Pacific Pathways Programs <ul><li>RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES MULTI-FACETED AND INTENSE PROGRAMS BRING IMPROVEMENT IN PERSISTENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Pacific Pathways Mentoring Program </li></ul><ul><li>Street Law International </li></ul><ul><li>Law-themed Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Special Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Bonding Carnival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentor Extravaganza </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Mentoring <ul><li>Cross-cultural relationship development and understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Motivates underserved and underrepresented students to pursue higher education </li></ul>
    17. 18. 1-on-1 interaction between law students and mentees
    18. 19. Mentoring Highlights <ul><li>This year 85 law students and 85 students are participating </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Success Motivational Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Participation has tripled since the institution of the mentoring program </li></ul><ul><li>Enriching the students academically, socially, emotionally, and culturally </li></ul>
    19. 20. Moot Court and Mock Trial
    20. 21. Law Seminars and Diversity Speaker Series <ul><li>Capitol Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguished Speakers at Pacific McGeorge </li></ul><ul><li>Wide breadth of exposure </li></ul>
    21. 22. Law Visits
    22. 23. More EPI Programs … <ul><li>College Campus Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Day at Pacific: College Shadowing Day </li></ul>
    24. 25. Mentor Extravaganza
    25. 26. Bonding Carnival
    26. 27. What We Have Learned… <ul><li>We are teaching students to reason and think critically. </li></ul><ul><li>We are creating an educationally rigorous environment with high expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are attending school, persisting, engaging and going on to college. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are visualizing a future as an attorney. </li></ul>
    27. 28. What We Have Learned… <ul><li>Legal content is relevant and engaging, and helps students visualize a future beyond sports and entertainment. </li></ul><ul><li>A systematic structure is needed for consistent re-enforcement; “splash and dash” programs do not work. </li></ul>
    28. 29. What We Have Learned… <ul><li>It takes a Village </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships help sustain the program and provide consistency and innovation. </li></ul>
    29. 30. EPI K-12 Partner Schools Hagginwood Elementary Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Smythe Academy Middle School Grant Union High School Sacramento High NP3 Law-Themed Charter High School Pacific McGeorge
    31. 32. Thank You!!! Deterding Fund State Bar of California Bench/Bar Downey Brand, LLP UOP Benerd School of Education University of The Pacific Pacific McGeorge
    32. 33. Next Steps? <ul><li>Program Fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable, Consistent Outreach to K-14 </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate and Law Firm Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Los Rios Community College District Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Institute Distance Platforms to reach more students in the K-14 continuum throughout the Sacramento region </li></ul>
    33. 34. For More Information: Education Pipeline Initiative Office [email_address] Kiyana Davis, Director [email_address] Pacific McGeorge School of Law
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