About Our Founder/Creator: Chastity Lord

I deeply believe that a great education can have a transformative effect on a person’s life – it’s hard to dream about things you don’t know exist. Education is about access and the ability to choose and compose your life. Education has been and continues to be the foundation of pretty much every socioeconomic mobility story our country has written.

As a first generation college graduate I am deeply passionate about and humbled by the role education has played in redefining my dreams, narrative and personal revolutions. Candidly, I live a life that my mother and grandmother did not know existed – and I largely attribute this to my college degree which has provided me access to numerous visible and vocal #proofpoints.

On May 26th, 2017 I imagine communities across our country where college graduation is not an expectation are surrounded by thousands of visible and vocal #proofpoint FGs and allies – creating a new narrative about what is possible.

It’s easy to talk about getting to college, staying in college, and graduating from college but what about life after college? The American dream is built on a belief that there are structures in place to help facilitate the ascension to prosperity.  We have more students attending college than ever before and  half of all students in college are FGs and often lower income– 50 out of every 100. And yet of those 50, only 5 will graduate within 6 years.

I deeply believe that we must live our values, they are the wind in the sails of social justice.

What’s your revolution and how can I help?

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Chastity Holds a bachelors degree from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Ms. Lord is also a 2012-13 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow with the Pahara Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  She also serves on the board of directors for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

FG STATS

FG’s In School Who Are Students of Color

FG’s Who Do Not Complete Their Degree
In 6 Years

FG’s  In College That Are Ages 30 and Older

FG #ProofPoints

  • “My mother never finished high school, and her biggest dream was for her kids to go to college. Wise and pragmatic in her blunt, opinionated way, she gave me tremendous confidence. Over and over, she would put powerful models in front of me, pointing out individuals who had made something of their lives and insisting that I, too, could achieve anything that I set my heart on. She encouraged me to challenge myself, to place myself in situations that weren’t comfortable, so that I could learn to overcome adversity. “

    Howard Schultz
    Chairman & CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company
  • “When I first arrived at school as a first-generation college student, I didn’t know anyone on campus except my brother. I didn’t know how to pick the right classes or find the right buildings. I didn’t even bring the right sized sheets for my dorm room bed. I didn’t realize those beds were so long. So I was a little overwhelmed and a little isolated.”

    Michelle Obama
    First Lady, United States of America
  • “Coming from a background where I was first generation going to school, I had enormous challenges that needed to be met that were much deeper than academia. Education, not in terms of academia, in terms of [yourself] and knowing the value of getting up when you mess up. I think that people probably know how to be extraordinary much more so than they know how to fail. All these things I know are really important for [anyone] to grow into a healthy human being.”

    Viola Davis
    Actress