Reggie Jean

Upward Bound Project Director

As director of Boston University Upward Bound (UB), I oversee the Upward Bound program, which is a federally funded TRIO college preparatory program for potential first-generation college and low-income Boston Public High School students. The program serves 86 students who are recruited from either one of four target high schools or one of five target neighborhoods in Boston. The high schools served are Brighton High School, The English High School, Community Academy of Science and Health, and Snowden International High School at Copley. The target neighborhoods are Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Students attending the target high schools are given priority in the admissions process. For more information, go to

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Reggie began a connection with Upward Bound as a tutor with UB during the summer of 1994. (He couldn’t believe he could get paid to help students go to college!) He served as a tutor for two years until he earned his degree and became a teacher, returning each summer to work with UB. He became a full-time UB staff member in 2001. Reggie earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Sociology, with a focus in Social Studies Education, and a Master’s in Administration in Education from SED in 2005. Reggie was president of the SED Graduate Student Association, the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) in 2011 and has served on several committees within NEOA since 2002. In addition to having served on advisory committees with MEFA and the College Board, he is also a past-president of the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association. He has spoken at several SED alumni and career exploration events.

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