Program Agenda

(All Listed Session Times are ET)


11:00 am – 1:00 pm
DREAM Scholars Orientation (By invitation only)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
DREAM Studios

  • Building a Culture of Teaching & Learning Excellence
  • Community Colleges as Engines for Upward Mobility and Community Vitality
  • Diving into the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) Dashboards for Decision Support
  • Understanding the K-12 Landscape to Build Rigorous Postsecondary On-ramps for Non-traditional Students
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Opening Plenary Session

The Future is Now: Hope at the Forefront of Change
Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her "fearless and toughly lyrical" voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Join Ms. Ward, Achieving the Dream President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout, and the DREAM 2021 scholars as they open DREAM 2021 with a transformative message of turning hope into action. In times of uncertainty, colleges must instill and inspire hope for the communities they serve. MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner

Opening Address: Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream
Keynote Address: Jesmyn Ward, Professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University and Acclaimed Novelist

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Spotlight Sessions

  • Beyond COVID: Exploring the College Experience Post-Pandemic
  • Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work
  • Critical Conversations: A Discussion among Diversity and Equity Officers
  • Designing Faculty Professional Learning for Student Success
  • Equity in Dual Enrollment

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm 
Welcome Networking Activity


8:00 am – 10:00 am
South African Delegation Reflection/Discussion (By invitation only)

10:00 am – Noon
ATD Coaches Training (By invitation only)

11:15 am – 11:30 am
Morning Yoga Break

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Plenary Session

Fostering Teaching & Learning Excellence: Creating Inclusive, Relationship-Rich, Culturally Responsive Learning Experiences for Student Success
To truly move the needle on student success, we must take an equity-focused approach to teaching and learning. This session will highlight multiple perspectives from theory, research, and practice to document the essential role of relationships (between faculty and students, and between students and peers) and the need to engage the whole student for learning and success.


  • Dr. Peter Felten, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Professor History, Elon University 
  • Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor Emerita, University of Texas-San Antonio
  • Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Associate Vice President, Retention & Student Success at Southwest Tennessee Community College

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Activity Break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  • 5,000 Degrees and Counting: Advancing Upward Mobility and Racial Equity through College Access in Prison
  • Designing Locally Relevant Pathways 
  • Engaging and Supporting Faculty Driven Student Success Efforts 
  • Managing Emergency Aid ad Paid Internship Programs Amidst a Pandemic
  • Planting the Seeds: Growing Our Own to Remove Racial Inequities for Faculty and Students
  • Shaping the Future of College Promise
  • What Works in Student Supports? Results of a 10-Institution Randomized Controlled Trial about the Impact of Student Success Coaching in Community Colleges

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Visit our Sponsors

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Innovative Collaboration Sessions

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Lightning Learning

  • Building a Qualitative Equity Baseline
  • Centering Outcomes and Equity in Faculty Action: Integrating Data and Action into Tenure, Post Tenure and Program Review
  • Designing and Implementing a Course Peer Review Process
  • How College of the Mainland is helping to get 300,000 Texans back to work in 300 days
  • Making Math Relevant: Centering Students at TCUs
  • The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of COVID-19 for Unconnected Students
  • When Students Lead with Data
4:15 – 5:00 pm

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Cooking Demonstration with a CHOPPED Champion



8:00 am – 10:00 am
South African Delegation: Site Visit
Designing for Equity using Holistic Approaches

10:00 am – Noon
ATD Coaches Training

11:15 am – 11:30 am
Morning Yoga

Noon – 1:15 pm
Plenary Session

The Power of Place: Connections that Foster Student Opportunity and Community Well-being
Innovative community partnerships can nurture learning and completion of all students and cultivate future citizens who build thriving and equitable communities. David Treuer, Pushcart Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author, will reflect on Imagining and Making Native Futures, followed by two community college leaders who will highlight how their colleges are leveraging their role as anchors in the community to build pathways to bright futures for their students. The session will end with a facilitated discussion between the speakers.

Keynote Address:
David Treuer, Best Selling Author, and Professor of Literature at the University of Southern California

Stephanie Hammitt, President, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Gregory Haile, President, Broward College

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Visit our Sponsors

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions

  • Building an Equitable Future: How Institutions Can Better Serve Returning Student Parents
  • Non-Credit v. Credit Credentials: A Discussion of Equity, ROI, and Strategies to Align Programs across the Credit Spectrum during Economic Recovery
  • Preparing to Shift to an 8-Week Academic Term as an Equity Strategy
  • Realizing the Promise of Advising Technology: Leveraging User Insights in Planning and Procurement
  • Striving for Success-NHSC First Year Experience
  • TCU Pedagogy and Practice for Student Success
  • What We Knew, What We’ve Learned, and What’s Next: Reflections on COVID-19 Student Survey Findings

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Lightning Learning

  • Connections with Corrections: Improving Incarceration Outcomes with Workforce Development Strategies
  • Developing Eyes to See Students: Using Lesson Study to Improve Teaching
  • Maximizing a Research-to-Practice Partnership: Lessons Learned and Implications for Practice
  • Mind the Gap: Helping Adults in Midlife Avoid Falling Through the Cracks
  • Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce: Internationalizing Community College CTE Courses
  • The B.U.I.L.D. Project - Students as Partners in Improving Teaching and Learning
  • Using Deep Data to Dive into Equity: An Overview of Ongoing Data Work at NECC
  • Wildly Important Goals: A Football Analogy for Illustrating and Empowering a 100% Goal
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Closing Plenary Session

Rethinking the Intersection of Education, Training, and Work in the 21st Century: A Roadmap to Creating More Inclusive Opportunities
As dramatic changes in work accelerate and smart machines transform the nature of human work, our systems for developing and deploying quality learning that will prepare people for work and life must also radically change. By shifting long-held ideas about how the workforce should function and expanding our concept of work, Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis posits that we can harness the population’s potential, encourage a deeper sense of community, and erase a centuries-long system of inequality. ATD presidents will reflect on his vision and its implications for the student success reforms colleges are pursuing.


Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO. Lumina Foundation
Dr. Kandi W. Deitmeyer, President, Central Peidmont Community College
Dr. Shanna L. Jackson, President, Nashville State Community College
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President, Amarillo College


8:00 am – 11:00 am
South African Delegation Plenary Session

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

11:00 am – Noon

Aspen Fellows Meet-Up 

Noon – 2:00 pm
Orientation for Racial Equity Leadership Academy Colleges (By invitation only)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tennessee Cohort Meeting (TCAT and CCs)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
TCU Convening

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2020-2021 Cohort Kickoff (By invitation only)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rural Cohort Convening Meeting 
(By invitation only)

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