Plenary Sessions

(All Listed Session Times are ET)

Tuesday, February 15
1:30 – 3:00 PM EST  
Opening Plenary Session: Building Anti-racist, Equitable, and Economically Vibrant Communities

Equity work must be systemic, intentional, and the responsibility of all.  This opening plenary will officially kickoff DREAM 2022, where attendees will be challenged and inspired to identify, disrupt, and dismantle systemic barriers to student achievement.  Our speakers will be Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream and Heather McGhee, New York Times Best Selling Author, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together and Advocate 

Heather McGhee 
Dr. Karen A. Stout

Wednesday, February 16
12:00 Noon – 1:15 PM EST  
Reimagining Systems for Equity and Community Well-Being

Higher education institutions must be capable of designing and advancing solutions that more directly address the root causes of inequitable outcomes. Join us for a conversation about how colleges can leverage their role in the community to engage partners in eradicating barriers to student success and invest in new strategies to promote community vitality. 

Hear from Adam Harris, Journalist and Author, The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal--and How to Set Them Right; Suzanne Walsh, JD, MSSA, President, Bennett College and Achieving the Dream Board of Directors; Dr. Janet Spriggs, President, Forsyth Technical Community College; and Dr. Lawrence Rouse, President, Pitt Community College.

Adam Harris
Suzanne Walsh, JD, MSSA
Dr. Lawrence Rouse
Janet Spriggs

Thursday, February 17 
12:00 – 1:15 PM EST 
Elevating a Student-Focused Access Agenda  
Community colleges are entrusted with serving every member of their community who wants to realize the benefits of higher education. Yet, not everyone in our communities sees a path through college that fits their lives. Join us to hear from national experts on how we can craft new avenues of access to education for students historically underserved by higher education. Attendees will learn how institutions can leverage their roles in their communities to build partnerships that support community vitality, while building stronger pipelines to and through education and into the workforce.

Today's presenters are Dr. Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College and Past Chair, Achieving the Dream Board of Directors; Dr. Lynda Villanueva, President, Lee College; Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College; and Brandy Johnson, President, Michigan Community College Association. 

Dr. Pam Eddinger 

Dr. Lynda Villanueva

Brandy Johnson

Mark Mitsui


Thursday, February 17
3:45 – 5:15 PM EST  
Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Equity-Focused Cultures of Teaching and Learning Excellence 

Sense of belonging is widely understood to be a foundational component in student learning and success. It’s also a critical need for full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and college staff and administrators. As we bring DREAM 2022 to a close, let us think together about how we can support our students and our fellow educators to create a deep sense of belonging at our institutions. Hear from Dr. Adrienne Keene, Author and Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University and Dr. Paul Hernandez, Senior Advisor to the President. Achieving the Dream and Author of The Pedagogy of Real Talk.

Dr. Adrienne Keene

Dr. Paul Hernandez

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