The 2021 Wearn Lecture will be a conversation with Anthony Jack, sociologist and Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, who is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education.

His new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, reframes the conversation surrounding poverty and higher education. In it, he explains the paths of two uniquely segregated groups. First, the “privileged poor”: students from low-income, diverse backgrounds who attended elite prep or boarding school before attending college. The second are what Jack calls the “doubly disadvantaged”—students who arrive from underprivileged backgrounds without prep or boarding school to soften their college transition. Although both groups come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the privileged poor have more cultural capital to navigate and succeed—in the college environment and beyond.

In our conversation, Jack will address how organizations—from administrators and association organizers, to educators and student activists—can ask the right questions and bridge the gap.