Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

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Smith staffer put on leave after calling police on black student

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A Smith College employee who called campus police Tuesday to report that a black student eating her lunch looked “out of place” has been put on leave.

Smith College to bring in outside investigator after student was racially profiled

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Smith College will hire an investigator to review the incident of a black student who was racially profiled while she eating lunch on campus.

Harvard lawsuit divides many in Asian American community

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Asian Americans say they are deeply divided about whether they are penalized in elite college admissions and whether affirmative action policies are at fault.

Elite colleges come to Harvard’s defense in affirmative action case

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Many selective colleges and universities made it clear in court filings that Harvard’s race-conscious practices are far from unusual and urged the court to uphold them.