Chidi Agu is an MPP1 at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before HKS, Chidi worked with the USC College Advising Corps helping low-income and underrepresented students plan for, apply to, and afford college. As a Data and Policy Fellow, he explored education program evaluation, best college advising practices for matching students to appropriate schools, and ways to institutionalize efforts to increase diversity and access.
Chidi shared his thoughts on education access, how to support first generation college students, affirmative action, reparations, and reframing the conversation about inequality.
"The problem with individualism is that it reduces the responsibility of dysfunctional systems as a matter of personal failure. It is both unfair and unreasonable to expect people to exhibit fundamentally different behavior without also fundamentally changing the environments in which they live and operate."