Schedule

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

12:00 - 12:15 p.m. ET

Opening Session

ATD President and CEO, Dr. Karen Stout, will welcome attendees to the event, provide context to set the stage for the summit, and share data outlining the importance of centering equity in our decisions that impact student parents

Speaker:

  • Dr. Karen Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ET

Keynote: Accelerating Economic and Social Mobility Two Generations at a Time

Investing in the postsecondary success of students who are parents is one of the most effective strategies for accelerating families’ economic and social mobility and addressing longstanding societal inequalities. Postsecondary pathways for parents have long been of interest to Ascend at the Aspen Institute and are a core component of our two-generational (2Gen) approach. We also know that incorporating the voices of parents and families is critical to designing and implementing sound policy and practice. In this keynote, David Croom will make the case for why student parents are worth significant investment, underscore why 2Gen programming should be on colleges’ radar and share ways in which Ascend offers resources and acts as a hub for the burgeoning student parent field.

Then, current students parenting through the pandemic will share their own experiences and expertise in what helps student parents stay on track to their goals. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

Keynote Speaker:

  • David Croom, Assistant Director for Postsecondary Achievement and Innovation, The Aspen Institute

Panelists:

  • Rashika Lee, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, MI
  • Jesus Benitez, City University of New York (CUNY), NY
  • Yoslin Amaya Hernandez, Generation Hope and Montgomery College alumna, University of Maryland, MD

Moderator:

  • Shauna Davis, Executive Director of Programs, Achieving the Dream
1:15-1:20 p.m. ET

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1:20 – 2:20 p.m. ET

Deep Dive: Programs that Effectively Support Student Parents

Access to affordable childcare is typically a critical support for parenting students and usually the first service that comes to mind when discussing what student parents need to persist on their studies. Yet, childcare is not the only challenge student parents have to address in their academic journey. This session will explore the myriad programs that can help student parents focus on their learning while managing busy lives. Speakers will discuss how programs can be designed to best serve parenting students, how multiple services can be integrated to increase access, and what new or different services may be needed as parenting students progress through their studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

Speakers:

  • Rachel Kubczak, Life Coach / Program Director, Life Impact Program, UW - Milwaukee
  • Anne E. Hofman, Associate Professor of English; English Department Chair, Parents Lead Faculty Innovator; Frederick Community College
  • Sheridan McNeil, Career & Technical Education Director, United Tribes Technical College
  • Chelsea Kuhlmann, Social Worker, Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, United Tribes Technical College

Co-Facilitators:

  • Meredith Archer Hatch, Senior Associate Director for Workforce and Academic Alignment, Achieving the Dream
  • Nicole Lynn Lewis, CEO, Generation Hope
2:20 - 2:40 p.m. ET

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2:40 – 3:40 p.m. ET

Deep Dive: Policies that Effectively Support Student Parents

Institutional decisions about policies that impact student parents differently. This session will examine how institutional policies and structures impact the experience and progress of student parents. Speakers will also explore how these impacts differ based on other identities that intersect commonly with student parents. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Richard Rhodes, President, Austin Community College
  • Dr. Lynda Villanueva, President, Lee College 
Co-Facilitators:
  • Dr. Monica Parrish Trent, Vice President for Network Engagement, Achieving the Dream
  • Dr. Martha Kanter, CEO, College Promise
3:40 - 3:45 p.m. ET

BREAK

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. ET

Deep Dive: Practices that Effectively Support Student Parents

Whether institution-wide or implemented within one or two departments, practices and processes significantly impact the progression and experience of student parents. Processes that are overly complex or confusing create additional challenges for those students already facing many obstacles. This session will explore the practices that effectively support student parents both in and out of the classroom and how to design processes that remove unnecessary obstacles for these students. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers and speakers via the chat function and ask questions using the Q&A panel.

Speakers:

  • Ann Lynn Hall, Director, Student Support Services, Central New Mexico Community College
  • Ida Lombardozzi, Director of Services for Students with Children, Portland State University
Moderators:
  • Leon Hill, Strategic Data and Technical Coach, Achieving the Dream
  • Dr. Rebecca Butler, Executive Vice President, Columbus State Community College

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Closing: Resources to Help Move Your Work Forward

ATD leaders will summarize what we have learned and discussed during the day and share some resources that can help colleges continue to learn and design an experience that meets their student parents where they are.

Speaker:

  • Shauna Davis, Executive Director of Programs, Achieving the Dream
  • Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Study Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research