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Dr. Jay Borchert is was the first former prisoner to ever earn a Doctorate in Sociology from Michigan and is a founding member of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduate’s Network which helps prisoners and former prisoners access educational opportunities and aims to transform criminal justice policy. Our Smart Justice Program Officer, Allison Berger caught up with Dr. Borchert recently by phone.
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC where she leads the organization’s efforts in advancing openness in education. Throughout her thirteen-year career, she has worked to promote universal access to knowledge and is internationally recognized as a leading voice in the open education movement.
The Vera Institute of Justice, with support from the Michelson 20MM Foundation through our Spark Grant program, has launched a new publication titled “A Piece of the Puzzle: State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students”. The report provides an unprecedented, state-by-state look at the current landscape of financial aid for students in prison, and the range of policies governing access from one state to another. As the campaign to reinstate Second Chance Pell for people in prison continues at the Federal level, Vera shines a light on the role state policies play in determining who is deemed “worthy” of student aid, and who is left out of the equation.
As underserved communities continue to struggle, philanthropy is stepping up to ensure that nonprofits serving those communities are able to apply for and receive the support they so desperately need.
GIBLIB is transforming the field of medical education. Its streaming service features medical lectures and surgical videos from the world’s leading doctors. The company boasts the largest library of medical talks, as well as full-length procedures filmed in 4K resolution and virtual reality (VR). Michelson 20MM President Phil Kim sat down with CEO and co-founder Brian Conyer to discuss how GIBLIB is expanding access to medical education.
Louis Foreman is the CEO of product development firm Enventys, publisher of Inventors Digest, and Entrepreneur in Residence at The McColl School of Business. We recently discussed his experiences in entrepreneurship and the importance of IP education in supporting innovation.