Personal Statement | WKAR

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February 4, 2021
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Join the conversation! PERSONAL STATEMENT is an Emmy® nominated feature-length documentary that follows Karoline, Christine, and Enoch through their senior year and into college. They work tirelessly as peer college counselors to realize better futures for themselves and their peers. They struggle and they stumble, but refuse to succumb to the barriers that prevent so many low-income students from attending and graduating from college.

The film will be followed by conversation with filmmaker Juliane Dressner and local community leaders.

Presented by WKAR Public Media and the Capital Area College Access Network

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Personal Statement

Three seniors at Brooklyn high schools struggle to get themselves and their peers to college.

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90 minutes



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    Robin Pizzo


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    WKAR Director of Education

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    Mark Largent


    Dr. Mark Largent, of Michigan State University, is Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education. Professor Largent is an historian of science, technology and medicine. His research and teaching focuses on the role of scientists and physicians in American public policy. He has written on the evolution-creation debate, the professionalization of American biology, Darwinism, the history of the American eugenics movement, and recent debates over compulsory vaccination. He is the author of Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States (2008), Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America (2012), and Keep Out of Reach of Children: Reye’s Syndrome, Aspirin, and the Politics of Public Health (2015).

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    Steven Robinson


    Dr. Steven Robinson is President of Lansing Community College. Dr. Steve Robinson became the seventh president of Lansing Community College on July 20, 2020. His community college career has spanned every aspect of teaching, learning, planning, management and organizational operations. Prior to being named president in a national search, he previously served as president at Owens Community College. During his tenure, he led the college through a serious financial crisis, placing the institution on sound fiscal footing. Before joining Owens, Robinson served as Executive Dean of Planning and Research at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. He has over 23 years of Michigan community college experience. At four-year institutions, he served as a member of the graduate faculty in English at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as a chair and faculty advisor in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program at Ferris State University, as well as the Doctoral Program in Higher Education at the University of Toledo.

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    Juliane Dressner


    Director/Producer/Cinematographer Juliane Dressner is a director, producer and cinematographer who makes character based films that often focus on young people who are overcoming challenging circumstances. Her films have shed light on economic and racial justice issues in education and the criminal justice system (one example is THE SCARS OF STOP-AND-FRISK, which was published as an Op-Doc by The New York Times). She won the National Magazine Award for video for her short film, AN EDUCATION, which was published by The New York Times magazine. Her other short films have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, New York magazine, and Buzzfeed. PERSONAL STATEMENT is her first feature-length documentary.

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    Capital Area College Access Network



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