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Stephanie Drotos, assistant professor of education at Lakeland College, presented a talk entitled "'Secret Ingredients' in Baccalaureate Attainment: Recipes from Students Attending High-Poverty, Urban High Schools" at the Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES) eastern conference, held Oct. 28-29 in Pittsburgh. The conference theme was "The Transformative Role of Education for a More Inclusive World."
Drotos shared insights from research gathered during a year-long qualitative inquiry into the experiences and perceptions of college-bound high school students attending high-poverty high schools in a large Midwestern city. Drotos found that students attending high-poverty high schools face unique challenges during the college enrollment process. For these students, enrolling in college presents greater risks than for others and, therefore, requires larger amounts of courage and sacrifice.
In addition to speaking at the conference, Drotos has discussed her findings and other foundational research with the education majors in her junior and senior level classes at Lakeland, promoting a diverse view of issues relevant to educational access and equality.