Although the equity gap has always existed in higher education, during this time in history the acceleration of education inequality had become particularly clear and urgent to address. Many under-resourced college students have experienced the devastating effects of financial difficulties, technology deficits, forced gap years, and unfamiliarity with educational policies and procedures-which in turn has had a significant impact on their college success, and graduation.
The Summit Initiative was created to identify students who have been affected by these systemic and situational disparities, connect them with expert guides who can help them address their most significant challenges, and provide a pathway forward to graduation and success.
We must never forget that the hero of the Summit Initiative is the determined and resolute student who is climbing the summit. Our institutions must provide the “ropes” and expertise that will allow these students to achieve their educational and life goals.