Bridgette Davis is a doctoral candidate and DOE Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, 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 meets her former students often for coffee or meals where they connect about their lives, challenges, and future plans. Bridgette lives and works on the south side of Chicago with her wife, Ellen, and her Welsh Terrier, Poppy.

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