Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Malika Jeffries-EL Survived Grad School through Grit and Networking

“As a first-gen student, often you don’t know what you don’t know.” -Malika Jeffries-EL

My father urged us all to go to college, but he was very honest. He said, “There’s no money in this house for college.” I am the 10th of 14 children. My mother had three children and my father had children from two previous marriages. By the time I was going to college, I had seven siblings who were college age. So it was like, you’d better either be smart enough or play basketball well enough for someone to give you a scholarship.  

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Malika Jeffries-EL, College of Arts & Sciences Associate Professor of Chemistry and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Associate Dean

Conversations With Experts – Jay Halfond interviews Jerry Whitmore

A clinical assistant professor of higher education administration at BU’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Dr. Jerry Whitmore, Jr., is also a first-generation college student. In conversation with Dr. Jay Halfond, professor of the practice emeritus at BU’s Metropolitan College, Dr. Whitmore shares his experiences and his belief in the importance of mentorship.

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