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Thursday, January 10 • 9:35am - 10:35am
Educational Session #1: Elevating Parents in College: Promoting EPIC Success for Student-Parents

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In this session, the presenters will introduce the challenges that parenting students face in college access and completion, and introduce the dual generational model as an innovative approach to supporting parenting college students and their families. Presenters will provide case scenarios of parenting students with varying histories and needs that are applicable across post-secondary settings.  Participants will discuss the scenarios, assessing their barriers to post-secondary access and attainment, identifying existing supports and resource gaps.

The presenters will challenge participants to consider student-parents as a distinct student population, and that Mason can do more to support our student-parents both inside and outside the classroom.  Presenters will review strategies to build student social capital, establish peer-to-peer supports, and develop family-friendly student programming and resources.  Additionally, presenters and participants will discuss the critical role of community-based supports and services, including benefits access, child care, and access to basic needs such as diapers and formula.  The presenters will end the session by reviewing resources and replicable strategies and interventions to engage and support parenting students and their children that, in practice, have demonstrated strong, positive outcomes across measures of student success, retention and completion.  


Samantha Greenberg

Associate Director, New Student and Family Programs

Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon

Director of Educational and Career Pathways, College of Science

Jennifer Pocai

Graduate Student

Thursday January 10, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room C

Attendees (4)