Achieving Equity through Greater Investments in Single Mothers’ Postsecondary Success Achieving Equity through Greater Investments in Single Mothers’ Postsecondary Success
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THURSDAY | RICHMOND
This session will explore the policy, institutional, and programmatic shifts that can improve equity in single mothers’ access to and success in higher education. Findings from a recent Institute for Women’s Policy Research study will highlight the quantifiable benefits of investing in single mothers’ educational attainment, and Generation Hope, a nonprofit serving teen mothers in college in the DC area, will discuss challenges, opportunities, and strategies for promoting single mother success.

Change through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment Outcomes for Deaf Individuals Change through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment Outcomes for Deaf Individuals
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) will share how we use data-informed root causes to (a) promote evidence-based strategies and (b) foster supportive relationships with local communities, both in an effort to improve educational and employment outcomes for a diverse deaf population. NDC will share examples of evidence-based practices, resources, and activities through this OSEP-funded technical assistance center.

Cultivate and Sustain Diversity and Equity Through Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Learning Cultivate and Sustain Diversity and Equity Through Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Learning
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THURSDAY | RICHMOND
Comprehensive, constituency-led design and implementation of online and in-person diversity and equity interdisciplinary professional and community development provides the critical reflection necessary to incite a long-lasting systemic shift toward equity. An intersectional, decolonizing pedagogical lens means leaders and stakeholders can arrive and participate in tact, inspiring awareness and understanding of biases and strengths, making conflict and difference valuable and transformational.

Equitable Leadership Impacting Institutional Change & Positive Outcomes Equitable Leadership Impacting Institutional Change & Positive Outcomes
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
Designing solutions that create equity in STEM is a priority at FIRST. In addition to a D&I initiatives overview, we’ll provide activities, strategies and tools from three equitable leadership practices: 1) the strategic Equity Priority Plan with department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee with associated tools, and 3) the Designing STEM Equity Fellowship--an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

Supporting Students with ASD as they Transition to College and the Workforce Supporting Students with ASD as they Transition to College and the Workforce
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
As the number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, many students with ASD are now entering college and the workplace. Participants will be able to recognize when interacting with a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), describe the characteristics of student with ASD: what it looks like in the college setting and identify strategies that can be used to help students on the autism spectrum succeed and transition to college and/or the workplace.