Passing the Torch: Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders

Passing the Torch: Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders

Passing the Torch: Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders

Passing the Torch: Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders


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Passing the Torch describes the remarkable achievements of public university students from marginalized populations who transcend oppression and poverty to become powerful leaders for social justice. Ruth and Bill Goldman drew upon their expertise in mental health and higher education to launch a scholarship program in the San Francisco Bay Area which provides assistance to people of color, recent immigrants and others from marginalized populations, in order to help them become leaders for social change. In addition to tuition assistance, they offer a package of wrap around benefits to replicate the support higher income students receive from their families. To date, every single participant graduated from college and more than seventy percent earned graduate degrees from prestigious universities. Ruth Goldman’s personal story as a Holocaust survivor and Bill’s as the grandson of Jewish refugees who fled discrimination inform the program and draw a parallel to the plight of modern day refugees and the disenfranchised seeking opportunity in the United States today. Passing the Torch shows how the New Leader Scholars overcome poverty and discrimination in order to acquire an education while sustaining their idealism as they strive to achieve greater equity and justice for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761870319
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 06/22/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ruth Goldman is chair of the New Leader Scholarship Advisory Board and professor emerita of psychology at San Francisco State University. Her retirement from teaching inspired creation of the New Leader Scholarship.

Bill Goldman, a psychiatrist, has directed major public mental health service systems throughout his career, including those of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the County of San Francisco. He was a longtime clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco.

Chris Black is a former journalist who worked as a political reporter for the Boston Globe for twenty years and as a White House and congressional correspondent for CNN.

Table of Contents


Chapter One In Search of Social Justice
Chapter Two Finding New Leaders
Chapter Three Giving Students a First and Second Chance
Chapter Four Mentors: A Cornerstone of the New Leader Scholarship
Chapter Five Lessons Learned and Disappointments
Chapter Six The Scholars and their Impact
Chapter Seven You cannot see what you do not know
Chapter Eight Things Worth Doing
About the Authors and Collaborator
A: New Leader Scholar Fact Sheet
B: Graduate Schools Attended
C: Interview Assessment Form
D:Mentor checklist
E: NLS Annual Program 2017
F: NLS Retreat Agenda 2017
G: Named Scholarships
H: New Leader Scholar Biographies
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