Before it became a university that has been justly praised for educating low- and middle-income African American women from D.C., Trinity Washington University was Trinity College, a small Catholic liberal-arts college for women, a number of whom came from political families on the East Coast. Famous alumnae include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Kansas Governor and current Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius…and Cathleen Black, the newly appointed chancellor of New York City Public Schools. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that the same institution that sent such a disproportionate number of graduates into the halls of power also made the unusual transition to pursuing a socially responsible educational mission rather than grabbing for the brass ring of exclusivity, but it’s interesting in any case.
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