Donors give billions of dollars to higher education. Community colleges are trying to get a small piece of the philanthropic pie, reports the New York Times.
At La Guardia Community College in Queens, Karen Dubinsky is trying to “forge a closer union between the school and the wider world of moneyed New York,” writes Ginia Bellafante. The goal is to cultivate a donor base — and to expose students to the “experiences and possibilities and habits from which they have been excluded,” writes Ginia Bellafante.
Dubinsky also created the “Pushy Moms Club.”
Observing her friends uptown, Ms. Dubinsky realized that many had children who now required less of their time, but the mothers themselves were still running on surplus energy from years of meeting the obligations that the obsessive culture of modern parenting imposes. At LaGuardia there were many students with absent parents, so she paired up the women and the students, to get through the complicated process of college transfer admissions.
I think every college aspirant needs a pushy middle-class (or upper-middle-class) mother.