A MassBay student selected for the Summer Institute on Diversity in Economics – Framingham SOURCE


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WELLESLEY – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that Pierre Alain Belcher of Newtonville, is the only community college student and the only student from Massachusetts, selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute ( EDE) organized by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI).

The EDE Summer Institute is designed to identify and support talented undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds interested in the study of economics. The goal of the Becker Friedman Institute of Economics at the University of Chicago is to diversify the pool of students majoring in economics who may pursue a graduate program or a career related to economics.

“I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this program and I would like to thank Professors MassBay Thomas Niemi and Courtney DeGeorge for writing letters of recommendation for me,” Belcher said. “The economy is an area that interests me a lot because in my country of origin, Haiti, the economy is unstable and there are not many opportunities for people to get ahead in business. I hope to return to Haiti one day to bring hope and my experience to help the Haitian people build a stable and prosperous economy.

According to the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago, Belcher was selected from over 200 applicants. He is one of 45 students selected for the inaugural cohort, which represents 31 higher education institutions and is made up of 33 women and 12 men, with 53% of participants identifying as African-American and 22% as Latinx. The cohort’s average GPA is 3.78 and 17 participants are first generation students.

Belcher, who studies international business in MassBay, moved to the United States three years ago from his native Haiti. He graduated from Newton North High School in Newton, MA in 2020, where he thrived both inside and outside the classroom. Belcher completed an advanced college preparation program focusing on science, math, and literature, earned the Massachusetts State Seal for French Literacy, placing in thee percentile for the Concours National de Français in 2020, and was a peer tutor in French. At Newton North High, he was also an athlete in three sports in soccer, basketball, and track and field and was a member of the high school drama group cast.

Since enrolling in MassBay in fall 2020, Belcher has made the Dean’s List, is part of the Honors program, and actively participates in MassBay’s Multicultural Mentorship Program, while studying remotely during the pandemic. Belcher is trilingual, speaking French, Haitian Creole and English. He works part-time at Whole Foods Market, while doing an internship at Horace Mann Elementary School in Newton.

Belcher is eager to learn more about the economy and its role in international affairs. His future goals include obtaining his associate degree and transferring to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international business and economics.

The EDE Summer Institute was launched by BFI in 2021 with support from the Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the Northern Trust. This is a one-of-a-kind summer program targeting first-time undergraduates for exposure to economics. Participants receive a stipend for satisfactory completion of the three-week session, with students eligible for the Pell scholarship receiving additional funding. They also receive a certification of completion from the University of Chicago. The EDE will be held virtually from July 18 to August 6, 2021.

Following the 2021 summer program, participants will be part of an ongoing EDE mentoring network, and some participants will be eligible to participate in research projects and assistantships during the academic year.


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