May 1st, College Decision Day in America, is upon us. So to is College Signing Day, an annual celebration for college-bound students started by Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher initiative. Through the bettermakeroom.org website and popular social media hashtags #BetterMakeRoom and #ReachHigher, Reach Higher has increased awareness on college access and affordability and inspired thousands of students to continue their education.

On this episode of Admissions Live, we sit down with Eric Waldo, Executive Director of Reach Higher, to talk about the current state of college access in America, the history of Reach Higher and the #BetterMakeRoom movement, new initiatives and much, much more.

 

Admissions Live is sponsored by NRCCUA

Episode Host

Adam Castro

As Vice President for Enrollment Management, Adam Castro oversees the operations of the Offices of Admission, Marketing, and Student Financial Services. His areas of responsibility include development of recruitment, marketing, admission, and financial aid programs designed to recruit, admit and retain students at Bloomfield College. He has been at Bloomfield College since 2003. Adam is an active member of numerous organizations including the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the ACT New Jersey State Council, NAFSA: Association for International Educators, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (AICUNJ).
 

Guest

Eric Waldo

As Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, Waldo is working to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their post-secondary education, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a 2-year or 4-year college or university. His role cuts across policy, advocacy, and community engagement to further the goal that the U.S. once again leads the world in terms of college graduates. After leaving the White House, Waldo moved over to the non-profit, Civic Nation, where he continues to lead Mrs. Obama’s college access and completion initiative as the Executive Director of Reach Higher and the Executive Vice President for Education. Prior to joining the First Lady’s staff, Eric served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S Department of Education for Secretary Arne Duncan.  He earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an A.B. from Brown University