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Leadership Brainery Acquires Dear Future Colleague is Inside Charity’s take on a Boston-based nonprofit, that has acquired Cambridge-based nonprofit Dear Future Colleague to further its mission of equipping underrepresented talent as they pursue graduate education and career success. Founded in 2020 by a Harvard Law School student and a team of volunteer graduate students and competitive scholarship winners, Dear Future Colleague ensures graduate school and competitive scholarship admissions are more equitable, accessible, and diverse. Their initial focus was providing mentors to help applicants navigate the process of applying to law school and competitive scholarships. Upon Leadership Brainery’s acquisition, Dear Future Colleague (DFC) has evolved into an online and mobile platform and now supports graduate school and scholarship applicants across various sectors, including law, STEM, business, healthcare, and the arts.
“Leadership Brainery is very pleased to join forces with Dear Future Colleague, which will enable us to expand support and resources for underrepresented talent as they pursue master’s and doctoral degrees,” said Derrick Young Jr., co-founder and Executive Director of Leadership Brainery. “We are also excited that Nancy Fairbank, DFC founder, is now a member of our board of directors.”
According to the Council of Graduate Schools, jobs requiring a master’s degree or higher at entry-level are projected to be the fastest-growing workforce segment between 2014 and 2024. However, Black students still represent less than 6% of incoming master’s and doctoral students at competitive universities. Without increasing the number of underrepresented talent in postgraduate education, the country’s workforce will continue to struggle with diversity and equity, and marginalized communities will continue to experience widening wealth and opportunity gaps.
To combat these issues, DFC’s online platform increases accessibility to postgraduate education and matches underrepresented applicants with mentors based on need, area of study, and identity characteristics. Additionally, Leadership Brainery’s 13 postgraduate member institutions, collectively offering 300+ master’s and doctoral degrees, have profiles and representatives on the platform for recruitment opportunities. Users can video chat, send direct messages, schedule meetings, and find events and community all within the platform.
Since 2020, Dear Future Colleague has matched over 500 volunteer mentors with underrepresented applicants. Kamryn Sannicks, who was accepted into seven schools and is currently earning her law degree, expressed, “DFC has been a game changer. My mentor was amazing. She made me realize that I could get through the application process, and she also helped make it less stressful.”
About Leadership Brainery
Founded in 2013 by two local leaders of color, Derrick Young Jr. and Jonathan Allen, Leadership Brainery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, addresses inequitable access to master’s and doctoral degrees and workforce leadership opportunities for underrepresented talent such as people of color, individuals from a lower socioeconomic status, LGBTQ individuals, and other demographics who are systematically excluded from higher education. Leadership Brainery’s mission posits that with greater resources and access to inclusive networks and advanced education, underrepresented communities can leverage impactful and high-wage careers to establish financial stability and reinvest in their communities to create generational prosperity. To learn more and support, visit www.leadershipbrainery.org.
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