April Reflections From a CEO – William Goodloe

by William Goodloe

April is an exciting month for SEO! Our 12th grade Scholars are reviewing their college acceptance letters, considering their options, and making decisions about where to pursue their higher education. SEO Scholars college seniors are preparing to become college graduates. And SEO supporters, partners, and team members are coming together on April 29th for our largest event of the year, SEO’s Annual Award Dinner, where we celebrate our accomplishments, honor inspirational change-makers, and raise critical funds that allow us to continue creating a more equitable society by preparing underserved/underrepresented young people for college and career success.

In this month’s reflection, I am honored to feature a current SEO College Scholar, Muhammad Deen, who wrote a powerful op-ed piece, published by Gothamist, entitled NYC High School Admissions Creates Winners And Losers. I Lost.  His article highlights his NYC high school experience as a motivated student from a low-income area. Muhammad believes the NYC DOE can provide a superior education for all students; not solely students who attend schools serving affluent families.  Muhammad, “instead of making excuses,” provides recommendations on how the NYC DOE can improve the educational landscape. We are so proud of Muhammad; he exemplifies the reasons why SEO’s existence continues to be critical for hard-working young people needing guidance.  Muhammad is paying it forward and working to ensure all NYC students receive their legal right to receive quality education!