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Four Tips for Choosing a Good College – and Getting Accepted ›

The Conversation | October 12, 2021
Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Timothy Poynton shares four tips that can help first-generation college students not only get into the college of their choice, but also secure scholarship money to help pay for it. "In my experience as a professor and researcher focused on how to improve the transition from high school to college, I have found that there is a significant “college knowledge gap” between first-generation college students and students whose parents went to college," he writes. "Given the ever-rising costs of a college education, the stakes of finding the right college are high."

Supporting Afghan Refugees Over the Long Term ›

Jackson Hole Economics | October 12, 2021
Distinguished Professor of Counseling & School Psychology Carola Suárez-Orozco and Adam Strom, director of Re-Imagining Migration, penned this op-ed on the importance of schools in supporting Afghan refugees. They say that while it’s great to see the warm welcome many communities are offering to refugees, ultimately, it is the follow-through that matters most. "Schools, more than any other institution, are the places where kids are enculturated into society. If we do not ensure that they are places where refugee and immigrant students can thrive alongside their American-born peers, the loss of economic and social capital will have profoundly negative long-term consequences for the country," they wrote.

Bill Elevates Focus On Mental Health in Schools ›

WWLP | June 17, 2021
A wide-ranging bill aimed at addressing what advocates say is a youth behavioral health crisis would create a group tasked with state officials on behavioral health, provide technical assistance and professional development to school districts, and mandate age-appropriate behavioral health education. Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Melissa Pearrow said 75 percent of youth who seek out behavioral health supports find them at schools. “That is one of the reasons why we’re helping advocate around this Thrive Act because we see the need for a statewide technical assistance center,” Pearrow said.

We Need Mental-Health Services for Schools ›

The Wall Street Journal | June 17, 2021
The consequences of unaddressed mental-health problems manifest themselves in behavior problems, bullying, absenteeism, academic difficulties, dropping out, violence and crises. Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Melissa Pearrow shares why school districts are tempted to prefer to have students classified in various special-education cohorts.

Lebron James Now Owns Part Of the Red Sox. What Does That Mean For Sports? ›

GBH | April 30, 2021
Across the board, Black ownership in sports is rare. In the four major men’s American sports leagues, the only Black majority owner is Michael Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. While any sort of representation at the highest levels of sport is a positive, J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair for Sport Leadership and Administration Joseph Cooper Joseph Cooper, who researches gender and race in sport, cautions that just having a Black owner doesn’t necessarily equate with change — even if he happens to be one of the richest athletes on the planet who has amassed a fortune in a career that has lasted much longer than the average NBA lifespan.

‘Still We Rise’: Honoring Black Leaders, Past, Present and Future ›

NBC Boston | February 22, 2021
In a series of interviews on Black History Month, Black leaders in Boston reflected on their efforts to impact the communities they live and work in. J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair for Sport Leadership and Administration Joseph Cooper shares why Black History Month should also include contributions up to the present day.

Planeta Junior Tackles Fear in First Original Series ›

Kidscreen | February 12, 2021
Spanish studio Planeta Junior is expanding into original content for the first time with a show that aims to help kids ages four to seven learn about being brave by exposing them to scary things, rather than avoiding them. Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Sharon Lamb says, "this unique approach to teaching kids how to handle fear could be a smart play."

In Joe Biden’s White House, Sports and Politics May Retreat to Their Own Corners ›

ESPN | January 21, 2021
As the nation's 46th president, Joe Biden's sentimental view of athletics and his promise to steer the nation away from political division should put him in a position to repair the strained relationship between the White House and much of the sports world. "There have always been times where individual athletes and coaches have declined to go to the White House, but I think overall as long as Biden doesn't use his presidency to communicate divisiveness, that tradition will be restored," said associate professor Joseph N. Cooper, the J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration and author of a soon-to-be-released book tracing the long history of Black sports activism.

Crisis in Early Education and Care Demands Action ›

CommonWealth Magazine | November 30, 2020
Anne Douglass, founding executive director of the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, and Christa Kelleher, research and policy director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School, authored this op-ed on how the state’s system of early education and care for very young children is on the brink of crisis with far-reaching consequences. They say Congresswoman Clark’s $50 billion bailout is desperately needed, along with a commitment to ensuring that early educators themselves have a say in early education policy reform moving forward.

In an Internal Reckoning, UMass Boston Taps Administrator To Oversee ‘Black Life’ ›

Boston Globe | November 12, 2020
Globe columnist Adrian Walker writes about how Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco has appointed J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration Joseph Cooper as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Black Life. This newly created position is intended to bring greater focus across the campus community to issues of inequality, racism, and social justice. Suárez-Orozco said he viewed the appointment as a powerful way to speak to the challenges of the moment. He said his goal is to make the campus a national leader in building what he called an antiracist culture. “I think it’s courageous leadership by the chancellor to say, looking at the data, and understanding our society, we recognize that Black people have experienced distinct challenges that require concerted approaches,” Cooper said.