Parastoo Massoumi is a 2nd year PhD student in Education at Harvard University. Her research focuses on college access and retention for historically underrepresented and marginalized students. Prior to Harvard, she worked for the NYC Department of Education managing Mayor de Blasio and former Chancellor Carmen Farina’s citywide initiative called, College Access for All Middle School where she supported 355 middle schools across the city implement a college access model for their students and families. She also served as the Founding Director of the first Middle School Student Success Center in NYC with the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. She ran the youth leadership center for three years there in East New York supporting middle school students and families through NYC’s high school admissions process. Parastoo has also worked with generationOn in training teachers and school leaders across the nation in implementing service-learning and civic engagement curriculum and activities in their classrooms and school communities. In her work at DKP, Parastoo serves as the Accessibility RA where she focuses on ensuring the curriculum is inclusive, accessible, and intentional in supporting and engaging diverse learners including English Learners, students with disabilities, students of color, and more!