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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 times are Eastern Time (ET).

Thursday November 4, 2021: Mental Health Summit


Welcome & Opening Plenary:
Dr. Karen Stout, President & CEO Achieving the Dream
Dr. David Rivera, The Steve Fund

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Deep Dive 1: Leveraging Existing Resources to Support Student Mental Health
There are many factors that impact a college’s ability to offer mental health and wellness supports to students, such as state or local policies, financial resources, and internal capacity, among others. However, many colleges have responded to the increasing demand for mental health support by leveraging their existing resources in creative ways. This session will explore examples from colleges that have leveraged resources that they already have such as personnel, peers, policy, and curriculum to offer mental health and wellness supports to the students they serve. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

2:00 - 2:10 pm


2:10 - 3:10 pm

Deep Dive 2: Cultivating Partnerships to Deepen Mental Health Supports
Cultivating meaningful partnerships in the community is one way that colleges can expand and deepen the mental health services available to their students. This can be especially helpful when colleges are trying to meet student demand for mental health supports with limited resources. In this session, attendees will hear examples from colleges that have created partnerships within and outside their campuses. Speakers will share tips on how engaging with local and regional agencies can help expand mental health and wellbeing supports to students. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

3:10 - 3:20 pm


3:20 - 4:20 pm

Deep Dive 3: Adopting Technology to Expand Access to Mental Health Supports
As colleges adapted to the virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, leveraging technology was a key strategy to getting students connected with the support they needed. As colleges have become aware of the increasing need for mental health supports, technology has emerged as a critical strategy for offering a scalable approach to meeting this need in a viable way for many colleges. This session will explore different ways that technology can be used to increase student access to mental health support, build community, and expand the responsiveness of colleges in supporting student mental health. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

4:20 - 4:30 pm

Moving Ahead and Resources

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Facilitated Team Time

Friday, November 5, 2021: Holistic Student Supports Institute

11:00 am -12:00 pm

Welcome back & Day 2 Plenary:
Nicole Lynn Lewis, Generation Hope

12:00 -12:15 pm


12:15 -1:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Advising in the era of COVID: The Success of Virtual Advising to Equitably Support Students

Colleges and their advisors have engaged in new ways to support and engage their students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many colleges have experienced success with virtual advising, finding that it offers more flexibility for students juggling busy lives as well as health concerns, and plan to continue to offer it even as many campuses begin to reopen. Attendees at this session will hear from multiple campuses at Ivy Tech about how they have leveraged virtual advising as one of many ways to more equitably support students


Holistic Student Supports 101: Leveraging an Opportunity Assessment to Begin Process Transformation

Knowing where to start in any transformative change effort can be daunting even when the focus of the reform is known. An Opportunity Assessment can help institutions identify areas of opportunity to improve their policies and process to enhance the student experience as well as how to leverage their strengths to realize those opportunities. Hear how other colleges have leveraged their own opportunity assessments to prioritize strategies within their holistic student supports redesign.


Scaling Holistic Student Supports: Moving from Focused Interventions for Unique Populations to College-wide Impact

There is growing recognition in the field that students thrive when they are supported holistically. However, the delivery of intensive supports unique to programs for special populations can be difficult to scale for the large student caseloads on many college campuses. An essential question is: “How do we think about scaling holistic student support strategies more broadly for college-wide impact?” We will be joined by two success coaches, one, who supports struggling high school students in the Gateway to College early college program and another who supports students campus wide. They will discuss their roles and share support strategies from their perspectives. Using a text protocol, attendees will examine a Student Success framework that outlines concepts and strategies for supporting students holistically and consider the application of these strategies in their own college contexts.


Shortening the Academic Term: What We are Learning from the ATD Network

As colleges implement strategies to serve students more effectively through flexibility in how courses are scheduled and delivered, the 7- or 8-week schedule is becoming more popular. Join this session to learn from colleges across the ATD Network that have deconstructed the traditional academic semester in favor of shorter terms. This session will build on ATD's recent publication on Preparing for Shortened Academic Terms guidebook to share updated lessons, examples, and impacts on the student experience.


Collaborating to Build an Integrated, Systems Approach to Holistic Student Support

A holistic student supports approach requires a system of connected service offerings across academic and academic adjacent departments. Learn how one college is implementing significant structural changes to promote collaboration and coordination across functional areas and student touchpoints. Speakers will discuss how they created new positions and clarified existing roles for faculty and staff, repurposed human resources, and leveraged the college’s Teaching and Learning Center to help realize a systems level approach to supporting students.

1:15 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 2:00 pm

Innovative Collaboration: Better skills. Better jobs. Holistic Student Support for Adult Learners
Heather Taynor, VP for Student and Client Success, Aviso Retention
Laura Simmons, Director, Enrollment Management, Blue Ridge Community College (North Carolina)

The pandemic has had a significant impact on higher education, communities, and the livelihood of families across the country. Some of the groups that were most impacted are low-income and minority adults. Colleges like yours are finding new ways to engage and retain adult learners, securing a better future for the students and the institution.

Join Blue Ridge Community College and Aviso Retention for an innovative and collaborative session, where attendees will learn how to:

· Leverage multiple strategies to achieve a 41.42% increase in adult-student enrollment.

· Partner with community resources to provide holistic student support to adult learners including food, financial resources, mental health, disability, and career services.

· Develop personalized and targeted proactive student engagement.

· Advance reporting on student engagement to achieve the goal of getting the student re-enrolled (stop-outs).

· Track and manage outreach tactics, responses, and results to closely measure, analyze, and share best practices with more community colleges.


Innovative Collaboration: Coordinating Care Across the College to Direct Support to the Students Who Need it Most
Christina Hubbard, Senior Director, Strategic Research, EAB
Michael Gage, Director, Pueblo Community College

Student success begins with laying the foundation in the first year of enrollment. Pueblo Community College has leveraged technology to provide steady support to students enrolled in their TRIO program. This session will demonstrate how Pueblo uses EAB’s student success management system to build close advising relationships with students, consistently using engaging nudges to support informed decision-making and proactive planning during pivotal moments throughout students’ first year. Data will include campaign metrics of effectiveness.


Innovative Collaboration: Engaged Learners: How EMCC Leveraged Peer-to-Peer Engagement to Improve Student Success
Rachel Kahn, Dean of Workforce and Professional Solutions, EMCC
Elizabeth Beal, Nearpeer Director of Student Engagement

For Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) leadership, improved student success requires a specific focus on anticipating and supporting the needs of rural, non-traditional, and first-generation students. In mission and practice, EMCC aims to ensure their learners are comfortable, confident, and connected every step of their journey. We’ll dive into EMCC’s human-centric and peer-powered approach to meeting both the academic and personal needs of their students.



Innovative Collaboration: Making higher education more accessible to adult learners
Nicholas Colello, Associate Director of Adult Education and Training Service and Jon Poole, Vice President of Higher Education at Nearpod will co-present on a case study from Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC). Mr. Colello will focus on how MWCC used Nearpod to both customize and support the diverse needs of their workforce learners.


2:00 - 2:30 pm

Lightning Learning Sessions


Benefits of Leveraging a Communication Audit to Improve Student Communications

As colleges have services dedicated to supporting students. Effective communication is critical to ensure students know what is available and how to access the supports they need. Colleges have been looking at their communication structures and processes in new ways to redesign a system that ensures students are well informed and able to leverage these critical institutional supports.

Creating a Virtual Front Door for All Students

"No Wrong Door" implies that everyone at an institution is informed and empowered to help meet student needs. The COVID pandemic forced holistic supports into the virtual space and colleges responded with innovative ways to help students with consistent and supportive points of connection into their institutions.


Exploring Community Partnerships Using a Landscape Analysis Tool

Engaging community partners is an important role of two-year institutions as they work to leverage their localness and to become hubs in their community. The key to engaging the community is to build strong relationships with partners that can benefit the institution, its students, and the community as well. This session will highlight a new tool that colleges can leverage to examine opportunities to build these partnerships in their communities.


Exploring What We Can Learn from a Regional Racial Equity Report

Understanding the equity landscape in a college and in the surrounding region can help institutions prioritize reform efforts to support their students and their communities. This session will share a draft of ATD's Regional Racial Equity Report that combines both national and institutional quantitative and qualitative data to build a more comprehensive picture of a college and the surrounding community.


Maintaining Momentum in Your Holistic Support Work
The COVID pandemic has impacted the ability of colleges to dedicate focused time and resources to their student success work. This session will include strategies from an experienced ATD leadership coach to help colleges renew momentum and get their institutional student success work back on track.


Network Round


Understanding the Impact of the Financial Aid Office on Student Success Through Program Evaluation
Successful navigation of the financial aid system is critical to get students through the onboarding process and connected to key financial resources at our institutions. This session will share a new process that was designed to help an ATD Tribal College examine the student financial aid experience in Spring 2021. This session will highlight how multiple forms of data, both quantitative and qualitative, were collected, including student feedback.


Using the Student Parent Opportunity Assessment to Improve the Student Parent Experience

Helping student parents navigate the college experience requires colleges to look closely at their structures, policies, and processes that impact this population of students. In this session ATD will showcase a new process that can be used with institutions to realize strengths and areas of opportunity in their efforts to support student parent success.

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions


A Community-Based Approach to Realizing Unlimited Potential

Through Broward UP, Broward College is intentionally working to expand opportunity to neighborhoods in their service community with the lowest employment rates. The program enrolls residents into non-credit/continuing ed courses that lead to industry-recognized certifications offered at community agency sites. Paired with prior learning assessment and student supports, BC works to encourage Broward UP students to continue with their studies. Join this session to hear more about the Broward UP model and how it is benefiting the college, its students, and community.


Basic Needs and the Classroom: A Critical Role for Faculty

Students spend more time in the classroom than any other place on campus and they bring their full selves when they enter, whether physically or virtually. This places faculty in a critical position to provide just-in-time support to students to ensure their basic needs are met so they can focus on learning. Yet, many faculty feel at a loss as to how to help. This session will explore practices and approaches faculty can implement to proactively connect students with supports that can help address basic needs insecurities.


Expanding Access to Opportunity by Dismantling Financial Barriers to and through College

Removing financial barriers that block individuals from accessing and comeplting college is essential if we are to close equity gaps and increase student outcomes. Yet, the complexity of this issue and the many competing priorities can result in many financial barriers being left in place. Join us for a panel discussion focused on how colleges are using effective and innovative programs to dismantle financial barriers and promote equitable access to opportunity in their communities.


Intentional Design: How Data can Inform an Equity-Centered Approach to Holistic Student Supports

Ensuring student supports center equity requires intentional decision-making informed by an understanding of students beyond basic demographics and disaggregated outcomes. Join us to hear how colleges have engaged their data to better understand their students and leveraged the student voice to design processes that are equitable and student-focused.


Leveraging High School Counselor Relationships to Promote Early Career and Academic Planning

Exploring academic and career planning prior to college has been shown to be effective in supporting their successful entry to and progression through college. In this session, two colleges will share their experiences building early and coordinated supports between their local high school counselors and their own advisors. Speakers will discuss the structures and process that support this work and how they center equity in their approach.


Realizing the Benefits of a Collective Impact Model for the College, Students, and Community

Community colleges are vital hubs of opportunity and upward mobility in their communities. This session will explore the collective impact model used by Lorain County Community College and one of their community partners, El Centro De Servicios, to strengthen college access, support, and success of Latinx students. Presenters will share how the partnership is structured and the outcomes they are realizing for students and the community.

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Facilitated Team Time

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Closing and Moving Ahead