Episode 8 – Math Whiz. MIT Alumna. Change Maker

With everything happening a million miles per minute, what captures the attention of kids is a game and a chance at winning coins, points, and bragging rights. 


The truth is, nothing has changed. I remember getting stars on the class chart for each level of multiplication. Dr. Romero da Silva remembers the challenging questions on a test she took as a first grader. 


Kids can and do fall in love with school, the challenges in class, and become life long learners. Our job as adults, educators, and parents, is to nurture that curiosity. 


Raised in Southern California, this math whiz tutored high school seniors as a freshman. Yvonne loved school because she was involved in organizations, engaged in the classroom, and surrounded herself with curious friends.


Learn from this MIT alumna how she is shaping the national conversation on college admissions. Dr. Yvonne Romero da Silva will inspire you to become a change maker in your home, at your school, and in your community. 

Guest Bio:

Yvonne M. Romero da Silva, Vice President for Enrollment, manages the admissions, enrollment, and financial aid services for all undergraduate students at Rice University.  Prior to Rice, Dr. Romero da Silva served as the Vice Dean and Director of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania.  From 2005 to 2012, she worked at the College Board as a corporate strategist and specialist in higher education enrollment services. From 1994 to 2002 she led minority recruitment initiatives at the MIT.  Romero da Silva gained national attention for her successful strategic enrollment planning efforts and for the development of a new holistic evaluation process at UPenn. She earned her BA in mathematics from the MIT, an MA in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  In 2017, Romero da Silva earned her doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.







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