Closing the Equity Gap Through Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

GlobalMindED Research



Research Partners




With our partners and supporters, we research and study underrepresented students’ challenges and then provide them with the experiences and networks they need to succeed at our annual convening each June in Denver.


Our Approach


  • Support and develop efforts through an annual student program that includes training and evaluation
  • Conduct and compile information from applied research on the issues affecting the well-being of underserved and minority learners and provide the necessary services
  • Educate policy makers and education administrators about the factors that facilitate the development of first-generation-to-college, at-risk and low-income students and the strategies that promote their success in college, career and life
  • Disseminate research and best practices to colleges, universities, and foundations that support diverse learners



Together with leaders in education, business, government, and non-profits, students expand their world by meeting people who can open the doors of opportunity for them.  To develop students’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills, we designed the following activities that have been proven by recent findings by Jeffery Huerta, Karen M. Watt Patricia Reyes to empower students to succeed in school, career, and life. They will also receive valuable networking connections that their middle and upper-middle class peers have.


  • Design – Thinking Workshop
  • Networking Development Workshop
  • Mentorship Program
  • Career & Internships Fair
  • Business Networking Reception
  • Attendance/participation in overall conference program
  • Commitment to campus GlobalMindED collaborative with one advisor to improve access for all First-Gen Students when they return to campus



In 2016, GlobalMindED added the Health track to its conference program acknowledging the consequence of lower educational student achievement on physical and mental health. Patrick Krueger, assistant professor in the Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, co-authored a 2015 study linking mortality to educational attainment.  He states: “Our results suggest that policies and interventions that improve educational attainment could substantially improve survival in the U.S. population, especially given widening educational disparities.  Unless these trends change, the mortality attributable to low education will continue to increase in the future.”


Our goal is to work with state, research, and private universities to advance first-generation-to-college student success and outcomes with the help of graduates from each of these institutions.





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