UnC.A.G.ED. - Changing the Achievement Gap in Education
Simone Bacon / Class of 2019
Far too often, low-income and minority children across America do not have access to a prosperous education. As early as one year of age, children from low-income families have already fallen behind their wealthier counterparts, in part due to the word gap - the observed gap between the number of words spoken to children. This word gap disparity has the ability to grow into differential outcomes in education, negatively impacting the lifecourse of low-income children in job access, health, financial stability, and life expectancy. Through UnC.A.G.ED. it is my hope that low-income and minority children cease to experience barriers in attaining a quality education.
Jen Schlegel / Class of 2020
Over 40 million Americans have limited dexterity and 1 in 5 have a disability, including 11% of undergraduate students. In settings where intense physical labor is not a requirement, society's heavy emphasis on physical capacity over mental capability is misplaced. Handicom is a software platform designed to address the technical barriers to success for persons who are physically disabled. This includes a mobile application that facilitates connections between ideas and written work, finger tap instead of a stylus, limited scrolling, and development of professional level outputs.