Associate Director, Early College | University of Massachusetts Lowell | She/Her
Francine Coston serves as the Associate Director of K-12 Early College Initiatives at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and delivery of the early college program that extends opportunities to students who do not normally have access to college. Through the work she does, she provides support and advocacy to students from diverse backgrounds, religions, culture, as well as the LGBTQ community. She has been influential in the building and execution of admission initiatives that have attracted and retained students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. Specific programs like Multicultural Overnight, allow perspective high school seniors the opportunity to preview college life as they start their college exploration. Yield events such as these have sufficiently increased in the application, acceptance, and matriculation rate at the university. Supporting student success and engagement is a passion of hers.
Director of Strategic Alliances | Leadership Brainery | He/Him
What do you consider to be your greatest personal achievement, honor, or accomplishment?
“I have dedicated my career to creating a more just world through diversity education by building a multiregional network of career educators, college professionals, students, and company leaders that care about this important work.”
Associate Director of Early College and New Skills | University of Massachusetts Boston | He/Him
Why would you like to be considered for this fellowship?
“Throughout my career I’ve wanted to build sustainable and impactful programing and supports for students, especially students who come from under resourced communities and have been historically underrepresented or even systemically prevented from accessing educational spaces. I’m interested in this fellowship because there is a substantial disconnect between K-12 and higher education, and as an individual who has now worked in both worlds.”