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His new book equips leaders with tools to leverage sports and technology to expand and accelerate socioeconomic mobility for all: Dr. Marcus Bright: Social Impact Engineer Confronts Multi-billion Dollar School-to-poverty Pipeline

Dr Marcus Bright
Dr. Marcus Bright

*Growing up in America and pursuing a middle-class life can be more challenging for Black students. Many have heard the adage of working twice as hard to achieve half as much. Even then, Black students are more likely to pursue lower-paying careers than their white or Asian counterparts.

This is the reality that Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce recently highlighted in a research report. Marcus Bright, Ph.D., an award-winning communicator and social impact engineer, believes there is a brighter way forward. In his new book, “Brighter Ways Forward: Reflections on Sports, Tech, and Socioeconomic Mobility,” he shares insights into unlocking pathways to prosperity in underserved communities.

“Our economic potential is locked in underserved populations, underfunded schools, and under-resourced communities. Brighter Ways Forward offers bold proposals to help unlock our economic potential and create on-ramps to prosperity,” Bright said. 

As a former college athlete, scholar, government administrator, foundation executive, and community change agent, Bright has had nearly two decades of experience working with marginalized populations. 

“America is steadily progressing toward a minority-majority population. Our nation cannot afford to allow minorities and marginalized populations to remain underserved and underprepared for the lucrative career opportunities of the future. It is time to pioneer a more inclusive, brighter way forward,” Bright added. 

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Dr Marcus Bright - Brighter Ways Forward
Dr Marcus Bright – Brighter Ways Forward

In his book, Bright sheds fresh insight into issues that are especially pertinent to the upward mobility of all people. He goes beneath the surface to uncover many ways to make societal advancements in critical areas with massive growth potential. He effectively addresses the multifaceted social issues impacting our future and aims to build bridges of access, equity, and opportunity for diverse populations.

In the post-pandemic environment and global economic volatility, Bright asserts millions of people have been pushed toward poverty and financial uncertainty. 

Bright offers this two-part solution to generate transformative social change and impact.

Leverage Sports Model to Create Academic Support Systems: Many communities have identified young people with athletic talent at an early age and created camps, activities, and infrastructures for their talent to flourish. Players are often pushed to the edge of their talent by their community, parents, coaches, peers, and teammates. Similar methods can be employed to build new pipelines to computer science and other tech sector careers. 

Dr. Marcus Bright poses with students during a recent speech.
Dr. Marcus Bright poses with students during a recent speech.

Promote TechStars: Highlighting and uplifting those who have excelled in tech sector careers, communities can develop and nurture the required confidence, knowledge, and skills to excel in tech pipelines. Cultivating supported pathways into tech fields like computer science and mass marketing examples of excellence are keys to destroying the school-to-prison pipeline.

For more information, log on to www.drmarcusbright.com.

Zach Rinkins
Zach Rinkins

Zach Rinkins is an Associated Press award-winning journalist and sought-after speaker.

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