Bridgette Davis is a doctoral candidate and DOE Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago, as well as a two-time Point Foundation Scholar. Her academic and research focus is on the expanding inequality that emerges among U.S. youth via disparate trajectories within the transition to adulthood. As an out queer middle and high school educator of more than ten years and a first-generation college graduate herself, “Ms. Davis” led her more than one-thousand students in Atlanta and Chicago to achieve meaningful academic gains and successfully transition to college.

Bridgette began graduate study at the University of Chicago in 2014 after being inspired by her students who were attending the nations’ best colleges and universities. There she earned her master’s degree in social work and was named the Wilma Rudolph Award Winner for promise as a scholar and in the field of social welfare. Bridgette serves on multiple community and university advisory boards and volunteers numerous hours per week in service to local schools and community organizations. She is currently completing a dissertation study in which she is following 31 first-generation college students through their first two years of life after high school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bridgette lives and works on the south side of Chicago with her wife, Ellen, and her Lakeland Terrier, Vida.

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