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Early college as an educational reform has had a unique trajectory over the past two decades. School reform in the United States (with a few exceptions) has been a top-down movement, and the majority of attention has centered on grades three through eight, the grade levels the No Child Left Behind Act focused on.
In the grips of her trauma, Audrey Gerard rose from her sickbed determined to right an injustice born from personal experience: discrepancies in Michigan’s health care access. Her persistence garnered her the first annual Justice Warrior Award presented by the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit &Vicinity on Martin Luther King Junior Day. Gerard, 24, is originally from Ann Arbor and is an alumnus of the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University (ECA@EMU) and Kalamazoo College.