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A Ma Scholar Reflects on Meeting Karl C.K. Ma and Other Awardees Working Across the Globe

Karl C.K. Ma has made a gift to the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies in the amount of $2.5 million. Of that sum, $2 million will be used to establish the Karl C.K. Ma Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund, and the remaining $500,000 will be used to establish an expendable fund. The purpose of Ma’s gift is to provide need-based support to graduate students from Asia who wish to pursue careers in public service, particularly those in the Schools of Social Work, Education, and Nursing. Ma also hopes his gift will support students whose research or primary scholarly focus is on the study and preservation of Asian cultures, including Asian regional studies, music, art, language, and literature. You can read more about the Karl C.K.


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

“Studenting” While Black and Immigrant

“America will make you and break you my child. Be vigilant, and walk good,” exclaimed my mother during a phone conversation. Immediately, she reminded me how the fault lines of race, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship status have shaped the Jamaican immigrant routes that formed our entrance into American society. We spoke about the series of racialized violence happening on college campuses. Her words clung like honey to the thick of my black skin, reminding me of the ever-present tensions of being a student while being both black and immigrant, and the challenges and possibilities that often evolve.


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

Learning Through Reflection: A Graduate Student's Story of Reciprocity

My pursuit of a Ph.D. is grounded in a desire to study how research-informed school- and community-based programs can foster meaningful literacy learning for young learners. I focus mostly on how to address the needs of children who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy (e.g., racial/ethnic minority, those from under-resourced communities). As a current candidate in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, many of my achievements to date demonstrate how I strive for academic and personal excellence in my work and how I seek to embody the characteristics of Dr. Edward A. Bouchet and the Bouchet Honor Society.

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