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New Faces in Leadership

Act Six provides full scholarships and leadership training for emerging urban and community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.
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Act Six Impact

Leaders Empowered, Campuses and Communities Transformed

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College Success

Since 2002, Act Six has trained 1,092 scholars from 7 cities in 161 cadres for 18 private, liberal arts colleges. While 91% are from low-income families or are first-generation college goers, 82% graduate within 6 years—20 points higher than all students at their colleges.

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Campus Leadership

Act Six scholars lead and serve in every corner of campus. They initiate conversation, launch campus clubs, and influence policy and curriculum in ways that make their campuses more inclusive and equitable. Eighteen have served as student body president.

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Community Impact

After graduation, Act Six alumni make a mark in their communities. Our 443 alumni lead with excellence and inclusion, work to build more equitable systems, serve the most vulnerable, foster a more diverse workforce, and tackle complex and stubborn challenges.

Alumni Profiles

Their Success is Our Motivation

Christian Paige

Poet. Speaker. Educator. Act Six alum Christian Paige is an Emmy-nominated poet, passionate keynote speaker, and an equity consultant who ignites scholars and leaders to use their voices powerfully. He is an unapologetic truth teller who uses his artistic expression to empower individuals and communities.…

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Vi Nguyen

Vi Nguyen was born in a Malaysian refugee camp after her parents fled war-ravaged Vietnam. Raised in Australia until she was 15, Vi later immigrated to Tacoma, Washington, where she watched her mother and stepfather toil away in nail salons earning enough to put a…

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Michelle Y. Bess

Michelle Bess always aspired to be a leader and role model. Through Act Six, Michelle got her first glimpse at the kind of impact to be found in radical inclusion. Today, she serves as vice president of talent and diversity, equity and inclusion at a…

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