Faces of Access is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to expand educational outreach, knowledge, and opportunities for marginalized demographics by building a national community and common cause dedicated to beaming a light on the Faces of Access, to support, motivate, and inspire marginalized, and often forgotten, students in their collegiate pursuits.
Far too often, minority and marginalized students find themselves questioning their decision to pursue post-secondary degrees and far too many give up, as they find themselves in spaces and places that were not historically designed with them in mind. Thus, Faces of Access is designed to be a place, a hashtag, or whatever you need it to be, for marginalized and underrepresented students and graduates to share their stories of success, stories of triumph, and stories of overcoming adversity, to motivate future generations, but most importantly to be unapologetically themselves.
In 1823, Alexander Twilight earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Mr. Twilight is believed to be the first African-American to earn a baccalaureate degree from an American college or university and thus was the original face of access.
WHO ARE THE FACES OF ACCESS?
Any college students or graduates, in the United States, who are a part of a group historically (and presently) underrepresented and/or barred from equal and equitable educational access, whether based on their racial, geographical, or economical identities. These groups overwhelmingly include, but are not limited to, members of the following identities: African-Americans, Hispanic and Latino-Americans, Native Americans, inner-city/urban school district students, rural American residents, Appalachian natives, and those of low socioeconomic status.
DaVonti' is the founder of Faces of Access, current Ph.D student at The Ohio State University, and proud public school graduate and supporter. A Midwestern native, DaVonti' was born in Detroit and relocated to Cleveland where he graduated from Whitney M. Young Gifted & Talented Leadership Academy (Cleveland Metropolitan School District). While attending The Ohio State University, for his bachelor’s degree, he quickly realized the severe educational inequalities marginalized Americans are faced with and with the hope of addressing this issue in Ohio, he developed and implemented numerous access programs at Ohio State. Then in 2019, he set out to expand that outreach on a national scale and developed Faces of Access and the Midwest Alliance.
DaVonti’s research interests include collegiate access for urban and rural populations, successful transition mechanisms, retention, and programming for students from high school to college. DaVonti' is committed to the success of students from urban and rural communities and has dedicated his time to enhancing the student experience.
DaVonti' received his bachelor’s degree in public policy with a specialization in education policy and Master’s of Social Work with a specialization in children and youth services from The Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in agricultural communication, education, and leadership at The Ohio State University.