October 28, 2013
A Quarter-Century of 'Posses' Underscores the Power of the Cohort
Caleb Kenna for The Chronicle
Twenty-four years ago this November, Shirley Collado was hanging out in a bustling activity room of an arts program for inner-city kids when a counselor pulled her aside. She showed the teenager a viewbook from Vanderbilt University, and asked, "What do you think about going away to college?"
The campus looked like an extravagant, distant land, a dot on the map so far from her Brooklyn home that Ms. Collado was certain she'd never experience it. "There's