Welcome from the Network Organizers and Opening Plenary
Aiming for Equity in Postsecondary Attainment
We kicked off the 2022 Equity First conference by hearing from members of the Network’s Student Advisory Council about how best to support students in their secondary and postsecondary goals.
Then, Lumina Foundation Vice President of Impact and Planning Courtney Brown, Ph.D. and Strategy Director for Community College Participation Shauna Davis shared recent attainment data and strategies that communities nationwide use to increase equitable postsecondary attainment, highlighting work to re-engage adults without a postsecondary degree or credential. Then, Education Systems Center’s State Policy & Strategy Director Emily Rusca at NIU shared how Illinois fits into this national context with emerging equity-focused targets for the State’s 60% by 2025 postsecondary attainment goal as we consider how to dismantle barriers to postsecondary access and success for all Illinoisans.
Edith Njuguna, the Network Director, shared exciting news about the Network’s new name that reflects it’s continued commitment to advancing equitable postsecondary outcomes.
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