Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

I Will Not Be Deterred from My Goals as a Parent in 2020


I could live a hundred years and cry everyday of those years, and those tears would still not be enough to express the exhaustion, pain, and outrage I’m feeling at this moment. As a single Black mother of two sons and a daughter, I have three goals: (1) Protect and preserve their lives (2) Provide them…

A Philosopher’s Perspective on Parenting During a Pandemic


I happened to be taking the train to work while jamming to some old school music. This was about the time they closed the City University of New York (CUNY) in early March. It felt as if everyone was running to get their paperwork and everything they needed to survive at home to work. I…

1L of a Year


In the fall of 2019, I began my first year of law school as a single mother in a new state living in hotels with my son. Now, we are stuck at home hiding from a pandemic. We have effectively gone from houseless to only staying at home. In this blog, I want to share with…

STUDENT VOICE: A working parent in college takes on remote learning for himself and his kids, says ‘something has to give’


This op-ed by Ariel Ventura-Lazo, an Ascend Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative and a Generation Hope Scholar, was published on March 30, 2020 by The Hechinger Report. I am busy. Under normal circumstances. As a parent, college student and program adviser, I work and attend class — while also coordinating drop-offs, pick-ups, bedtime…

One Student Parent Shares the Impact of the Crisis


This op-ed by Lesley Del Rio, an Ascend Parent Advisor for the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative, was published on April 9, 2020 by Imaginable Futures, an Ascend Network Partner. Life as we know it has been turned upside down. As a student parent, I am working on my associate degree while being a…

An Unfinished Thought: My Life in Quarantine


A partially folded pile of laundry, an essay left undone, kids’ toys everywhere. The coronavirus has turned my life into an unfinished thought – well-intentioned in the beginning but falling flat during execution. Pre-quarantine things were going fairly smooth for my family. We moved to the town where my daughter attends school, which cut my commute down by 30 minutes. My son was finally…