Q&A with Dr. Judi Alperin King: Supporting students without a safety net during the holidays
In 2014, Dr. Judi Alperin King, PhD, founded the Boston area’s first organization dedicated to supporting students who would otherwise need to navigate college on their own: the Wily Network. Eight years later, Dr. King and her team work with 75 students, called Wily Scholars, across ten campuses. For their entire college career, Wily Scholars gain access to financial assistance, counseling services, and an engaged community of other students and coaches.
While some Wily Scholars have experienced foster care, others have parents who are incarcerated or dealing with addiction. What they all have in common is that none benefit from family support. With the holiday season already here, Dr. King spoke with MCI reporter, Mollie Ames, about the unique challenges her Scholars are anticipating once schools shut down for winter break.