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Please see the tentative Agenda below for each day's activities. Click here for a list of helpful FAQs.
Please note: All listed times are Pacific Time

Day I
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Pre-Conference Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Pre-Conference Session:
Gateway to College Network Meeting

For Gateway to College Program Staff and Direct Partners Only)

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Opening Session and Plenary Session #1: Welcome
Presenter: Emily Froimson; Executive Vice President, ATD  

Building Strategic Portfolios of K–12 & College Partnerships
Presenter: Nick Mathern; Executive Director of K-12 Partnerships, ATD

Keynote Address:
Meaning-Based Interventions for Promoting Racial Equity in Adolescent and Young Adult Outcomes

Presenter: Arnold Chandler

This presentation will describe a class of evidence-based programs described as "meaning-based" interventions that have been shown to dramatically improve key outcomes for youth of color as well as substantially close racial gaps. Rather than compensating for skill deficits, these models focus on altering meaning as the core mechanism driving their effects.

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Afternoon refreshment break

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Collaborative Conversations

Facilitated small-group discussions organized by conference themes and high priority topics. Eleven total discussions across five themes.


· Equitable Access

Dr. Deanna Strauss Hersko– Working with students who have not identified college or career goals  Alex Perry – Exploring policies that drive equity in dual enrollment

· Deepening Partnerships
Kelly Hogan – Community-wide strategies for college attainment goals
Jonathan Iuzzini – Strengthening community-based partnerships with professional learning communities
Erica Cuevas – Third space: Is it both high school and college or is it neither

· Holistic Student Supports
Jordan Wesley – Coaching and mentoring as a lever for college enrollment, persistence, and retention
Nadira Hurston-McDonald – Personalized coaching for at-promise youth

· High Quality Program Design
Dr. Devora Shamah – Incorporating Identity-Based Motivation into program design
Dr. Mandi Koch –The importance of data in program designs

· CTE/Career Pathways
Dr. Rachel Antrobus – Creating meaningful CTE partnerships and pathways
Trent Mohrbutter – Aligning curriculum to build strong pathways for students from high school to college

3:45 – 4:00 PM


4:00 – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions #1


Gateway to College 101

Prentice Davis, Achieving the Dream
Stephanie Davolos, Achieving the Dream

Gateway to College (GtC) is a dual enrollment model that started at Portland Community College over 20 years ago and now exists at 30 community colleges nationally. This program model established itself as a counter to the early Dual Enrollment models that sought to enroll only high performing students. Join us to learn about the history of GtC, its essential elements, its impact and consider the needs of your community for a dual enrollment model that provides an equitable on ramp to postsecondary education for underserved populations.


Liberation and a New Legacy - Equity Empowerment Access Programs
Presenter: Dawn Reed, Dean for Student Equity Design & Engagement Pierce College District

In this session, we will share the journey of liberation, empowerment and legacy of our Pierce College Equity Empowerment Access programs. From the days of small beginnings to being the lighthouse and strength for our beautiful, intelligent, and powerful BIPOC students and all who come to the village.

You will learn our lessons of leadership and sacrifice and what freedom means to secure access for BIPOC students and the collective village.

If you are ready to create a new legacy for yourself, students, and college… join this freedom journey with us Pierce College–EDI CARES Wakanda style.


Reaching Rural Students through Early College

Dr. Janet Boyle, CELL at the University of Indianapolis
Steve Combs, CELL
Jeremy Eltz, CELL
Eric Grebing, SERVE Center, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Rural students are an underserved population for attending college, and the pandemic has led to decreasing numbers of rural students choosing to pursue postsecondary education. To address this need, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) formed the Rural Early College Network (RECN) as the focus of a federal EIR grant. 20 rural high schools are networked in a mentor-partner school framework to implement CELL's Early College (EC) model. Schools are assisted with providing incentives for dual credit teachers, creating school leadership teams, implementing robust student support, and using data to improve program offerings and student success. Now finishing its third year, RECN has achieved many accomplishments and learned lessons along the way that are being spread to CELL's larger EC Network in Indiana. The state of Indiana has recently funded CELL to implement an urban version of RECN to create a similar program.


STEM Pipelines to Success: Leveraging High-School & Industry Partnerships at Ohio Community Colleges

Dr. Colin Doolittle, Northwest State Community College
Garratt Weber, Ohio Association of Community Colleges
Mary Kay Bitterman, Northwest State Community College

Innovative dual enrollment programs are on the rise to get students on a career pathway as early as possible and meet local industry needs. Within Ohio, two such colleges have had transformative impact on their local communities through hands-on, STEM education: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Northwest State Community College. This work has been recently highlighted by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges in a series of case studies on strong College Credit Plus models – Ohio’s dual enrollment program. Tri-C’s Youth Technology Academy enables underserved urban students to earn college credits using an experiential, project-based technical curriculum, while Northwest’s STEM Public-Private Partnership Program provides rural students with technical education and advising support with valuable exposure to potential careers and employers. Both build a pipeline from high school to career, changing students’ perceptions about their readiness and ability to succeed in college.


IMPACTing Underrepresented ECHS Students: Collaborative Advising and High School Counseling

Dr. Marissa Moreno, Lee College
Nancy Orellana, IMPACT ECHS Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District

Early College High Schools (ECHS) are essential in addressing equity concerns for underrepresented students struggling with college readiness. These students are less likely to enroll in college or complete a credential, mostly due to academic under preparedness. Academic advising for ECHS students is limited, leaving students with excess credits and unsure of career goals. This session discusses the strong partnership between one Texas ECHS and community college that allows for intentional academic advising alongside high school counseling. Examples of advising/counseling sessions are discussed. Data includes student demographics and degree/certificate completions that meet high school and college graduation requirements. Participants are engaged during the presentation through Poll Everywhere to learn about relevant best practices and challenges at other institutions.

5:15 – 6:15 PM


Day II
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

8:00 – 9:00 AM


9:00 – 10:00 AM

Plenary Session #2

Systemwide Approaches for Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary Education

Dr. Tristan Denley, Deputy Commissioner of Academic Affairs and Innovation; Louisiana Board of Regents
Spencer Sherman, Chief of Innovation; Rhode Island Department of Education
Vicky López Sánchez, Dean of K–12 & Community Partnerships; Portland Community College

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Morning Coffee break

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions #2


Unlocking Potential with Cross-Sector Collaboration, Learning and Equity Action Planning

Jhenai Chandler, Education Strategy Group
Jazmin Chavez, El Rancho Unified School District

Tam Contreras, Rio Hondo College
Kristina Romero, Greater LA Education Foundation/ Los Angeles Office of Education

Unlocking potential in dual enrollment programs requires strong K-12 and community college partnerships, intentional planning, and alignment of programs and supports to ensure students have equitable access to high-quality dual enrollment and the resources needed for success. The Greater LA Education Foundation and Los Angeles County Office of Education are striving to expand access to dual enrollment for students of color, low-income, and first-generation students in Los Angeles County communities with the Los Angeles College Accelerator Network (LA-CAN), a regional dual enrollment community of practice. With support from Education Strategy Group, participating district-community college partners have established shared equity goals and action plans to enhance dual enrollment access and support for all students. This session will share how the LA-CAN helped deepen partnerships, the steps to establishing a shared action plan, and recommendations for how other regions can structure multi-sector partnerships.


A Sector Approach: Growing College-Going Culture

Julie Garver, Washington State Council of Presidents
Jana Jaraysi, Eastern Washington University

The Washington public baccalaureate sector is decentralized and inclusive of a diverse selection of institutions. Over the last few years, the sector has collaborated across differing missions, enrollment populations, sizes, and geography to directly connect with students, families, and education partners directly. The sector has adopted unified academic and admissions policies focused on reducing barriers, increasing college participation, and deepening partnerships through this work. We will engage with participants through active learning about our ongoing experience transitioning from the silos of education towards the transitional space between K–12 and college. The presentation will focus on the college attainment data in Washington, the strategies implemented, and partnerships formed, the challenges faced and proposed solutions, and the lessons learned.


High School and Community College Initiatives in Context

Lauren Jones, Columbus State Community College
Nicholas Grimmer, Columbus State Community College
Keith Coates, Columbus State Community College
Beth Koruna, Columbus State Community College
Jason Johnson, Columbus City Schools

This presentation will share data and lessons learned from a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant as well as a local American Electric Power AEP grant and examine how one high school in a large urban district was able to innovate to make sustainable changes. Best practices will be shared as will student voices and lessons from practitioners.


Innovation through Collaboration: The Opportunity of Rural K-12 and Higher Ed Partnerships

Jessica Morrison, Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative
Michael Gonzalez, Rural Schools Innovation Zone
Dr. Kevin Aten, Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative
Hannah Sharfman, Empower Schools
Elizabeth Harbaugh, Lyra Colorado

Recent collaborations have shown what is possible when districts, higher education, and industry partners come together to multiply options available to students while intentionally building pathways that lead to greater postsecondary success and regional economic growth. This session will highlight two rural collaboratives that aim to expand student college and career opportunities, through shared CTE pathways, work-based learning, and resource models. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about key elements of this scalable, replicable structure and to engage in discussion with representatives from the two collaboratives, the Rural Schools Innovation Zone (RSIZ) in South Texas and the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative (SWCEC) in SW Colorado, as well as Empower Schools, a nonprofit that provides technical assistance in the design, launch and operations of regional, multi-district partnerships including the RSIZ and SWCEC.


Structure and Culture: Creative Strategies for Students Left Behind

Vivian Ostrowski, Holyoke Community College
Shannon Glenn, Holyoke Community College

Credit for Prior Learning and non-credit classes have allowed us to expand the range of classes we offer our students without risking damage to their college transcripts and financial aid eligibility. In this session, we will discuss these and other strategies to scaffold students into college and career readiness and success.

11:15 – 11:30 AM


11:30 – 12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions #3


Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor: Foundations that Facilitate College Success

Ellen Fischer, Early College Alliance @ Eastern Michigan University
Randall Cooper, Eastern Michigan University & Early College Alliance @ Eastern Michigan University

Some of the brightest minds in education have tried to fix a broken K–12 system to bolster post-secondary graduation rates. High school transformation models, corporate partnerships, and project-based learning are just some of the methods that have been implemented with spotty success. But when a program is created that moves college graduation rates from the 20th into the 70th + percentile in a 10-year period, it’s time to pay attention. This session will highlight the design elements that have made the Early College Alliance @ Eastern Michigan University a successful program–not only in terms of outcomes during high school, but especially with respect to the degree-attainment rates of its graduates after finishing the program.


Equitable Access to Dual Enrollment: Cultivating a Research-Practice-Partnership with a Semi-Rural School in Central Washington

Henedina Tavares, Washington STEM
Tana Peterman, Washington STEM
Angie Mason-Smith, Washington STEM

The Washington STEM team will present on the research-practice partnership formed with Eisenhower High School, a semi-rural school in Central Washington, to understand inequities in dual enrollment along axes of race, language, gender, and class. Using a multimethod research approach, researchers and community school partners examined dual credit course-taking patterns based on student demographics, conducted surveys to learn about educator and student dual credit knowledge, interviewed students to learn about their experiences in dual enrollment and ask for advice or how to better support their participation in those courses. Participants will learn how to deepen K–12 partnerships by co-creating data tools to investigate inequities, learn tips for building a leadership team to drive the work, learn key insights for re-envisioning traditional partnerships with Communities of Color, and learn how to leverage quantitative and qualitative data to drive systemic changes in dual enrollment.


Professional Learning Communities: Aligning K-12, Community College, and Workforce Partners to Ensure Student Success

Participating Colleges:
Mott Community College
Cuyahoga Community College
Tallahassee Community College
Tyler Junior College

Professional learning communities incorporate many voices and perspectives into planning and creating new approaches to student success and community vitality.  In this panel discussion leaders from four colleges will share their experiences facilitating a community-wide professional learning community aimed at creating aligned K-Career pathways. 


Designing from Students’ Lived Experience: The Power of Empathy Interviews

Dr. Daniel Ramirez, Community Design Partners
Julie Smith, Community Design Partners

There is much attention in education to the use of research-based strategies and data-informed decisions. Empathy interviews help ensure that the missing piece - the diverse lived experiences of people - is also centered in decisions and actions. Join us as we explore how empathy interviews have helped 12 dual enrollment networks in their effort to design innovative, integrated, and equitable pathways. As part of an Accelerate[ED] project, these 12 sites are using empathy interviews with students as a first step in their process. This session combines the story of how Accelerate[ED] used empathy interviews with practical training on the basics of how to conduct empathy interviews at your site. Participants will understand why we should create space to hear the lived experiences of those most impacted by our systems; experience, discuss, and practice empathy interviews; consider the logistics of who, what, and how; and reflect on the key mindsets central to empathy interviews.


Designing Pathways with Careers in Mind: Tools to help align K–12 CTE and Meta Majors to Living Wage Jobs.

Dr. Rachel Antrobus, WestEd
Allie Bollela, WestEd

Using common LMI (labor market information), WestEd developed a pathway mapping process and data tools, designed in tandem with technical assistance, to strengthen alignment between K–12 and college programs. These efforts supported the development of a robust regional, equity-centered K–14 pathway system responsive to regional labor market opportunities. Our presentation will summarize methodology development, data tools and technical assistance work in California and engage participants in their application to other K–12 and community college partnerships.

12:30 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions #4


Bard Sequence Seminar: Bringing Dual Enrollment to Your Door

Dr. Matthew Park, Bard Early College
Dr. Dumaine Williams, Bard Early College
Alysa Campbell-Hutson, Bard Early College

As one high school administrator has put it “The greatest strength (of the Bard Sequence) is providing a dual enrollment experience that we can truly feel like we are in a partnership. Other programs simply want our students and do not invite counselors into the conversations... It has been incredibly helpful working alongside Bard to figure out what works best for everyone, especially our students.” The Bard Sequence program has had remarkable success bringing its Sequence Seminar dual enrollment program to partner high schools that serve historically marginalized student populations. The program is unique in that it seamlessly integrates college professors into the high school setting. This presentation will outline the methodology that has allowed us to foster strong partnerships with high schools, school districts, consortiums, and non-profit organizations that have created equitable outcomes for Bard Sequence students.


Jumpstart: A Roadmap for Equitable Dual Enrollment Policy and Practice
Mayra Lara, The Education Trust-West
Camille Medrano, The Education Trust-West

K-12, Higher Education, and State leaders have the opportunity to re-imagine how strategies like dual enrollment can transform our systems and move us closer to closing racial equity gaps in education. The session will provide an overview of four key dual enrollment policy and practice shift priorities, with recommendations for stakeholders at each level of education to identify disparities, set equity goals, and take actionable steps to prioritize access and success for underrepresented students.


Cultivating a Culture of College and Career: Developing Shared Responsibility for Student Success

Cindy Erwin, Center for the Future of Arizona

Center for the Future of Arizona leads a 5-year USDOE Education and Innovation Research (EIR) grant focused on supporting high needs students to increase interest and enrollment in pathways focused on careers in STEM fields, including Computer Science and cybersecurity. The grant partners are piloting a distributive advising approach to share responsibility for the same students, increase student dual enrollment participation and increase the percentage of students prepared for career success. Partners designed a Co-Advising Framework in collaboration with Jobs for the Future. The framework outlines 5 activities coordinated between high school and post-secondary partners that will increase enrollment of high-need students in these pathways and support them in achieving their college and career goals. Participants will explore the Co-advising framework and hear from CFA about key learnings and data from the first two years of implementation of the EIR grant.


From Silicon Valley to the Shores of Lake Erie — Engaging Youth with Emerging Technology

Deanna Strauss Hersko, Lorain County Community College
Carlos Delgado, Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College located in Elyria, OH was the first institution to adopt FlexFactor, created by NextFlex, a Manufacturing USA Institute, located in San Jose, CA. FlexFactor is a transdisciplinary outreach & engagement program designed to bridge students into STEMM-based pathways. The program employs project-based learning, encouraging meaningful application of STEMM solutions to real-world problems. FlexFactor embeds experiences with industry and higher education, introducing students to STEMM careers and the education pathways that provide skills needed to be competitive hires.

Attendees will learn how LCCC leveraged FlexFactor to connect our most economically, racially, and geographically diverse student populations to in-demand STEMM and advanced manufacturing careers. Since Spring 2018, LCCC has engaged 2,151 students in grades 7 – 12, in 17 districts.


The Philadelphia Experiment: Redefining and Resurrecting Dual Enrollment for Philadelphia's Students

Presenter: David Thomas, Community College of Philadelphia

After losing state dual enrollment funding in 2011, Philadelphia's dual enrollment program for city students was heading for an end after 20 years. However, opportunity sprang up from a seemingly impossible challenge. With new partnerships, new approaches to funding streams and new funders, expanding access to new student groups, and a team of committed problem-solvers who didn't see or accept failure as an option, dual enrollment in Philadelphia - the nation's poorest large city - was redesigned and resurrected. This session will briefly chronicle the history of dual enrollment at Community College of Philadelphia from its near burial in 2011 to today, where enrollments are at an all-time high as well as are the successes of students, partnerships, and programs.

2:30 – 2:45 PM


2:45 – 3:15 PM

Lightning Learning Sessions

30-minute introductions to new projects and innovations. Practitioners will debut new innovations and seek input from the field.


Two-Generation Approaches to Dual Enrollment

Presenter: Julia Lawton, Achieving the Dream

Imagine if dual enroll programs on campus engaged both high school students and a parent or other adult in the household simultaneously ATD network college's participating in the PACCE initiative, designed to identify and scale promising strategies for increasing the enrollment and reenrollment of adult students — particularly Black and Latinx students — in high-quality credit and/or non-credit programs have begun conceptualizing this approach.  Come listen, learn, and share your thoughts on what's possible. 


Inspiring Young Students: The Importance of K–8 Partnerships

Presenter: Amie Granger, Harper College

Since 2014, Harper College has worked to cultivate strong relationships with more than 40 K-8 schools in response to its district’s changing demographics, a rise in suburban poverty, and an increase in chronically underserved populations. By intentionally devoting resources to growing relationships with its elementary and middle school districts, Harper is showing young students and their parents that postsecondary education is affordable, accessible and, most importantly, possible. 

In this session, participants will learn about Harper initiatives aimed creating early exposure to postsecondary education opportunities and inspiring an early interest in college. Community Relations Manager Amie Granger will highlight details and outcomes about Harper’s Ambassador School program, annual Experience Day event and the college’s school tour initiative, which has impacted more than 23,000 young students. 


Beyond Belonging: How a Strengths-Based College Success Course helps Students Develop a College Identity

Amy Kelly, South Puget Sound Community College
Dr. Kari Thierer, South Puget Sound Community College

We will use student voices to discuss SPSCC’s required class, College and Career Success 101: Pathways to Success, which we have spent five years researching, designing, assessing and revising. The curriculum focuses on self-efficacy, metacognition, evidence-based study skills, and emerging information literacy. Students identify their strengths, cultural support systems, and motivations as assets rather than deficits. Assignments follow Universal Design for Learning guidelines, which value multiple means of demonstrating knowledge. We will discuss auditing the curriculum for anti-racist practices, and the ongoing practice of having students shape the content. Finally, we will cover our next equity strategies: offering a pilot program for College in the High School, hiring tenure-track faculty to focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, and developing trauma-informed sections. We will end with data highlighting how CCS 101 particularly benefits underserved students.


Translating National and State Recommendations for Local Partnerships

Sarah Stashkiw, College of Lake County, Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
Lisa Haegele, College of DuPage, Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

Closing equity gaps is a priority at national, state, and local levels. Unlocking Potential made national recommendations for closing these gaps in six areas: equity goals and public reporting; program integrity and credit transfer; finance; course access and availability; instructor capacity; and navigational supports. The Illinois Dual Credit Report shared the gap analysis and recommendations for closing opportunity gaps in Illinois based on the six areas in Unlocking Potential. In this session, participants will reflect on where their states and institutions stand in each of the categories as well as recommendations, they have for making changes in their states or organizations. The session will conclude with examples of the work College of DuPage and College of Lake County are doing with their high school partners to address key areas of opportunity within the six Unlocking Potential categories.


Open Education Resources (OER) as an Equity Strategy for Dual Enrollment

Presenter: Dr. Tanya Scott, Achieving the Dream

3:15 – 3:30 PM


3:30 – 4:30 PM

Role-Alike Discussion Sessions

Interactive discussion sessions for attendees to connect with role-alike peers and address shared concerns

Thursday, June 30, 2022

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions #5


Leveraging Employer Partnerships to Deepen College & Career Learning in High School

Esther Dabagyan, Principal, STEM Academy of Hollywood
Amber Guerra, STEM Academy of Hollywood Alumni Class of 2012, Special Project Coordinator at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Dr. Emily Passias, Vice President of Policy, Linked Learning Alliance

The Linked Learning Alliance will lead a conversation with Linked Learning educators, partners, and students to learn more about how you can create high-quality college and career readiness pathways in partnership with high-impact employers in your local context.


Assessing K-12 Partnerships: Looking at Dual Enrollment Data

Dr. Devora Shamah, Achieving the Dream
Dr. Mandi Koch, Achieving the Dream

Interested in understanding the key metrics colleges use to guide decisions and set benchmarks for equity in dual enrollment? ATD's Research and Evaluation team leaders will bring their expertise in defining metrics and assessment tools that help colleges and their partners define, track, and drive equitable student success.


Student Success Coaches: Holistic Student Support Strategies for Non-Traditional Dual Enrollment Students

Prentice Davis, Achieving the Dream
Stephanie Davolos, Achieving the Dream

Many students face multiple obstacles that prevent them from engaging with college programs. Gateway to College programs successfully serve students who have dropped out of high school or will not graduate in a traditional school. Through personalized coaching and increased accountability, Gateway programs empower these students to persist and achieve success in college courses. In this session, participants will unpack the role of the Student Success Coach and the innovative support strategies they employ and share strategies to better serve historically marginalized students as they access dual enrollment programs.


Innovations in Advising and Teacher Credentialing for Increasing Access to Dual Enrollment

Presenter: Alex Perry, College in High School Alliance

Promoting well-functioning dual enrollment partnerships is about more than covering program costs. While securing funding is essential, ensuring the availability of credentialed instructors is another key challenge that many dual enrollment programs face. And as we learn more about how to serve the best interests of students, programs are placing an increasing emphasis on student advising and support services as well. Alex Perry from the College in High School Alliance will discuss the latest policy and practice developments in the dual enrollment teacher credentialing space, and the emerging national conversation on student support services and advising. 


Building a Strategic Portfolio of K-12 & College Partnerships

Presenter: Nick Mathern, Achieving the Dream

To create better supported pathways from K–12 through postsecondary education, communities need a strategic approach to partnerships between K–12 school districts and colleges. Simply opening seats in college courses, or offering college coursework at a high school, without a broader strategy of outreach focused on creating an appetite and readiness for postsecondary education, will not dramatically change who enrolls and gains the benefit of postsecondary education. Take a first look and provide feedback on ATD’s K–12 Partnership Portfolio, which provides a framework for assessing individual programs as well as the impact of the broader portfolio of partnerships on local postsecondary attainment goals.

10:00 – 10:15 AM


10:15-11:15 AM

Plenary Session #3

Facing the Future: Can Today's Systems Prepare Learners for Tomorrow's Careers?

Dr. Joel Vargas, Vice President Programs, JFF
Dr. Sobia Khan, Provost, East and Lake Nona Campuses, Valencia College
Zachary Adams, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Workforce Alignment, Tennessee Board of Regents

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Action Planning Time

Guided planning sessions with ATD coaches designed to help you and your team reflect on key learnings and map out strategies and action steps to bring these lessons to life on your campus.