#tellEWA Member Stories (July 14-27)

Here’s what we’re reading by EWA members this week.

Reporting for OPB and The Hechinger Report, Natalie Pate spotlights Indigenous college students whose tribes are not recognized by the federal government and, therefore, don’t qualify for free or reduced tuition programs in Oregon. Students who are part of an estimated 400 tribes and others are shut out of programs meant to reduce barriers to higher education.

With a compelling roundup of first-person accounts, Charlotte West of Open Campus shares the experiences of individuals serving life sentences, who remember what happened when opportunities for postsecondary education behind bars disappeared 30 years ago. (Pell Grant eligibility for people behind bars was restored July 1.)

A “maverick” college president, a community resistant to change: The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Eric Kelderman goes to Bluefield State, a struggling Historically Black College and University in West Virginia, for a close look at a campus facing an uncertain future.

The “freedom schools” of the 1960s, which offered African Americans opportunities for education and enlightenment, are seeing a resurgence in communities seeking to prepare young people for life amid today’s racial and social tensions, writes Tamica Jean-Charles for Youth Today.

Can social media be a support system for students and not just a distraction? Teens using TikTok to find study buddies say yes – with some caveats, reports Ed Surge’s Jeffrey R. Young.

Skylar Rispens, freelancing for the Montana Free Press, looks at a surge in food insecurity for students and families in Missoula, as federal pandemic-era benefits are set to expire.