Candice Clawson, Managing Director, Center for Higher Education and Career Support, Harlem Children’s Zone

Candice Clawson is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Higher Education and Career Support at the Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization dedicated to eradicating intergenerational poverty in Central Harlem through cradle to career wrap around services. Her portfolio at CHECS includes K-12 college readiness, college persistence, career services, and an online degree granting program called HCZ Forward. Prior to her current role, Candice spent five years at Prep for Prep managing their college persistence program. She earned a B.S. in Management from Seton Hall University and an M.A. in Higher Education from Columbia University. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Southern California, studying Organizational Change and Leadership. Her dissertation, Crossing the Finish Line, studies the experiences of Black charter school graduates from New York City on their pathway to college graduation.


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