"We presently find ourselves in a world that is shifting and often challenging, amid twin pandemics of a virus that spares not even the most powerful among us...and a movement for racial justice that reminds us that each one of us matters in making the world a better place,” said Caldwell. “Education is and has always been at the heart of the solution. It is how we can best support every young person in moving their lives and work forward; in addressing complex issues with creativity, empathy, and critical thinking; and in serving as global citizens.."
Perez was formerly vice president for enrollment and student success Trinity College in Connecticut and has long been a steadfast advocate for educational equity, access, and success in American education.
“We are looking for characteristics that predict success,” explained Pérez. “The competition for college is having negative consequences. Students are feeling pressured to do things they aren’t interested in just for the sake of their GPA. High school shouldn’t be a means to an end. It should be a meaningful experience itself, where students can find joy in doing something that is a passion and in which they can excel.”