Blossom A. Barrett earned a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration in African American Studies at Kenyon College. Currently a PhD Student in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University, her research interests include: (a) alternative programs to finance postsecondary education, (b) equity and access in higher education, and (c) the relationship between salient social identities and college student retention and success. Blossom also works with Columbus City School students at I Know I Can, a college access program that assists students by helping them search, gain admission and ultimately succeed in college. As a member of the 2004 cohort of Gates Millennium Scholars, Blossom’s future aspirations include a career in higher education advocacy for underrepresented students. Blossom can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.