Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

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


“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…

We Can and Must Do More


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…

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


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.…

Making Student Parents the Norm Requires Facing Systemic Racism


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…

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


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…

Keeping Families Safe in Times of Crisis: LIFT’s Response to COVID-19


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, we asked our families how they were doing and what they needed. Feedback loops are ingrained into our program model through a process we call “Constituent Voice,” where parents provide timely feedback to help us continuously evolve our model. They told us that, on average, they…