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Scholars “Zoom” into Reading

by Ashley Sirls, Associate Director of Leadership Development Every summer at Rites of Passage (our 14-month Academic Enrichment Phase graduation ceremony), scholars are told that they are no longer in Rainier Scholars, but they are Rainier Scholars. This ceremony...

Supporting Our Scholars and Community During COVID-19

by Liz Sadler, Director of Academic Counseling A core component of the Rainier Scholars support system is checking in with students, making sure they have what they need to succeed academically, and ensuring that their families’ basic needs are being met. Many of our...

Coming Full Circle: Karen Lobos, Cohort 2

by Tom Moore Karen Lobos’ commitment to social and economic justice lies deep in her DNA.  It goes back to her grandparents and great-grandparents, who as farmers living and working in northern Mexico in the early 1900s, fought for their land rights. For...

No Fear of Failure — Adam Iyob, Cohort 6

by Tom Moore For people of a certain age, there was an act on the Ed Sullivan Show circa 1969 that was always a show- stopper, at least it was for me as a child of thirteen. It was Erich Brenn and his plate-spinning extravaganza. Cohort 6 Rainier Scholar Adam Iyob has...

What We’re Reading: Algorithms of Oppression

by Colin Roberts, Database and Systems Administrator Though we don’t often think about it, algorithms (automatic processes computers perform, often without any human intervention), increasingly are becoming central to our lives. When one needs to buy a product, find a...

A Day in the Life of a Placement Director

  by Alison Krupnick It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and Dominique Daba is on the phone. She’s having the first of dozens of conversations she’ll have in the coming days with families anxious about applying to public school highly capable programs or to...