Spotlight Sessions


11:30 am –12:30 pm

Building a Culture of Teaching & Learning Excellence

This session will guide attendees to consider what a culture of teaching and learning excellence could look like at their institutions. We will then leverage learnings from two ATD Teaching & Learning initiatives (OER Degree and Engaging Adjunct Faculty) to illustrate the positive impact of bringing full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and faculty developers into the center of the college's student success work.


5 Dimensions of Equity | An Journey to Re-Imagine Our College

Everett Community College (EvCC) has embarked on a challenging and ever-evolving journey towards social justice. Starting in 2015, EvCC and the broader community envisioned, co-created, and embraced the 5 Dimensions of Equity as the culture we aspire to build and uphold. The 5 Dimensions of Equity are a living testament of our collective ability to be a reflective, hopeful, and graceful organization, committed to transformation, for and with each other. Reflecting the voices of many, the 5 Dimensions of Equity are designed to:

  • Recast traditional higher educational frames of thought regarding aspiration, access, achievement, economic progress, and engagement;
  • Explore underlying personal, professional, and systemic attitudes, beliefs, norms and practices;
  • Motivate reflection, deeper conversations, curiosity, and inquiry;
  • Encourage vulnerability, humility, and commitment;
  • Inspire change at personal, professional, organizational, and systemic levels; and
  • Create a continuous cycle of critical analysis, discussion, and change.

In this Spotlight Session, we will share the 5 Dimensions of Equity and our stories of collaboration, partnerships, struggles, and strategy for capacity building that have set us up for the transformational shift in beliefs, practices, and purpose towards dismantling and re-creating a socially just organization

Holistic Student Supports in Practice

This session will feature three colleges sharing their approach to holistic student supports in three TED-style talks. Speakers will share the student experience of their supports, how faculty and staff work together to deliver supports in line with research-informed design principles, and key components that make their approach work. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers and share their own experiences with peers. 

The Evolution of Pathways: What We’ve Learned and Where We Are Focusing for the Future
More than 350 colleges nationwide are using the pathways framework to redesign academic and support services to improve student and institutional outcomes. Many colleges have been at this work for several years, iterating and improving the comprehensive, integrated systems, structures and policies that enable all students to succeed. Members of the Pathways Collaborative, a group of organizations committed to improving rates of college completion, transfer and attainment of jobs with value in the labor market, will share key outcomes metrics and learning about productive pathways implementation across of range of institutions and states. They will also identify the ongoing challenges and opportunities for higher educational institutions to redesign the student experience more effectively and equitably. 

Higher Education and Immigration: The State of Play, Advocacy, and Support for Immigrant Students Nationally, Locally, and On Campus 
Join national advocates and institutional leaders in this town hall setting for an update on the current state of play of federal immigration policies and national trends affecting higher education, especially community colleges, and discussion of ways colleges can engage in these issues collectively to support immigrant students, including adult learners. Participants will leave the session with concrete takeaways for next steps that they can take on their campus to better support immigrant and international students.
Using the ICAT to Align Student Success Efforts and Provide Evidence in the Accreditation Process  

Attend this session to learn how one college used their Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) Results and Capacity Café discussion and how your ATD coaches can support network colleges in this process by posing critical questions. A reflection on how to use the information from the ICAT, discussions, and work on institutional initiatives as evidence for accreditation evaluations will also be provided by staff from a regional accreditation agency.

What is Historical Intergenerational Trauma and How Can it be Addressed to Improve Student Success? 
Historical intergenerational trauma is recognized as a primary factor negatively impacting Native American communities and families and threatening educational success of Native Students and other populations in the U.S. This spotlight will offer colleges serving students with historical intergenerational trauma the opportunity to see strategies for resilience in education success and community building. Join this session to learn more about this stress disorder, its impacts, and how Tribal Colleges and Universities and HBCUs offer unique examples of educational institutions that directly address the trauma haunting the communities they serve. The session will consist of a brief historical and technical presentation, followed by a panel discussion comprised of two TCUs and an HBCU which will highlight how these institutions are addressing intergenerational trauma in ways that help foster student success.

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