JUNE 16, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Those are the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr., and originated by abolitionist Theodore Parker.  
And while poignant, these words are incomplete.  Its accompaniment, simple.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Just as justice must bend toward it.”  
Change cannot, and must not, be placed on the shoulders of one group of actors.  Sustained change only happens when all actors trend toward the same destination.  This is true for our work, which has historically disproportionately placed adult, low-income and students of color in developmental education. 
Reform is not the responsibility of only the math professor.  It takes advisors to check their own biases and see students for the value they bring, administrators to monitor the impact of practices, and leaders to rewrite policies that serve as structural barriers.  This is happening every day in an increasing number of locations, but it is not universal. 
Strong Start to Finish is a collective network of people who are working to bend the arc, dramatically, to eliminate structural barriers so that a far greater number of students pass challenging math & English courses.  We are not perfect, but every day we are hard at work to be better. And I couldn’t be happier to be among the partners, systems and colleagues who are a part of this work.  And, if you aren’t, let’s talk. 
Wishing you and those close to you well in these turbulent times.


Christopher M. Mullin, Ph.D.
Director, Strong Start to Finish

Strong Start to Finish embraces and elevates equity, diversity and inclusion every day through the work we do collectively with systems, funders and partners to improve the academic outcomes of students who are of color, low-income and/or adult. Our momentum paves the road for their success.

In the short term, the Strong Start to Finish team is not traveling, as scheduled events have been cancelled in an abundance of caution.  You can still find us via email, on webinars, and in the press.

Upcoming events of Strong Start to Finish sites and partners are available on our “Events” webpage.   We invite you to visit it and engage.

Recent Webinars:
  • Sarubbi, M. (2020, May 26).  Solution Network fireside chat.  [Webinar] Presentation to Solution Network Intermediaries, Intermediaries for Scale, Frontier Set and Jobs for the Future.
  • Denley, T. & Todd, R. (2020, June 2). Corequisite instruction for the University System of Georgia [Webinar]. Presentation to the Strong Start to Finish Scaling Site Project Leads and invited systems. 
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