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OppNet was founded as a direct response to the inequitable structures of access, college opportunity, and professional mobility that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income communities.
When co-founders Jessica Pliska and Brian Weinstein realized as undergraduates at Yale the stark reality of the opportunity gap – the perpetual stifling of resources, access, and free choice from specific groups and communities over others, the vision for The Opportunity Network was solidified.
Since its founding in 2003, OppNet has grown its programming and its institutional footprint to ensure its core goal is realized: reimagining networks as sources of power to catalyze opportunity and access for students from historically underrepresented communities, so they can drive their visions of college and career success forward.