Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents

Supporting student parent mental health is an integral component of increasing postsecondary completion. Ascend and the Jed Foundation (JED) are partnering to advance the academic persistence and completion of students who are parents by addressing mental health. This partnership will develop a comprehensive mental health framework for postsecondary institutions to improve their mental health supports …

Virtual Strategy Session: Securing Mental Health for Parents Read More »

BlogAugust 17, 2020
“Not even this COVID-19 is going to stop me.” That’s what Monisha texted back to her PelotonU coach in mid-March just days after we’d updated our new cohort that their promised in-person coaching and study spaces would need to be virtual for the foreseeable future. We gave each of the 30 students set to join …

Pivoting at PelotonU: How One Higher Ed Nonprofit’s Response to COVID has Facilitated Student Success Read More »

BlogAugust 17, 2020
These last few months have been painful and emotional for all of us. We watched as another Black man was killed, a Black woman’s murder continues to be ignored, peaceful protests were disrupted, and rights were infringed upon. It has been a fearful and frustrating time during which we’ve all wondered if we’ll finally see …

We Can and Must Do More Read More »

BlogAugust 13, 2020
Although today’s circumstances are abnormally challenging, students’ lives have always been complex, even more so for students who are parents. At Arizona State University, we are focusing on technology-enhanced, human-centered education to ensure that no matter how complicated the world gets, we can meet all learners wherever they are and however they choose to study. …

Using Technology and Design Thinking to Meet Every Learner Wherever They Are Read More »

BlogAugust 13, 2020
When I was attending the College of William & Mary as a teen mother, I was an anomaly. Not only because I was one of a very small group of Black students at the institution but also because I was raising my young daughter while putting myself through school. I saw more people who looked …

Making Student Parents the Norm Requires Facing Systemic Racism Read More »

BlogAugust 12, 2020
In the 20 years I have been with the University of Minnesota’s Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC), I have never experienced anything like the parallel traumas of a pandemic and the George Floyd murder. Being in Minneapolis, which has been at the epicenter of the national mourning of George Floyd and resulting social strife, has …

Weathering the Storm with Student Parents: Confronting Racism and COVID-19 in Minnesota Read More »

BlogAugust 12, 2020