Taking steps to improve college success for pregnant and parenting students has important implications for racial, ethnic, and economic equity in higher education. Among students of color, one in three black students, one in three Native American students, and one in five Latinx students are parents. Single mothers in California who hold an A.A. degree are 39% less likely to live in poverty than a mother with a high school diploma, while single mothers in California with a B.A. degree are 61% less likely to live in poverty than a high school graduate. Schools throughout the state are pivoting to support this often unseen student population by improving data collection, offering family friendly study spaces, and providing diaper banks.
Join the Michelson 20MM Foundation as we uplift the promising practices that have emerged throughout California in support of pregnant and parenting students.
Opening remarks by:
Co-chair, Michelson Philanthropies
Haley Myers Dillon, MPPA
Director, Parents and Families Program, Sacramento State
Dr. Autumn Green
Director, Higher Education Access for Parenting Students Research Initiative, Wellesley Center for Women
Sade Johnson (Moderator)
Graduate Assistant, Project Hope, California State University, Fresno
Dr. Larissa Mercado-Lopez
Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, California State University, Fresno
Dr. Roudi Roy
Associate Professor of Child Development and Family Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Thank you to our partners: Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Blue Shield of California Foundation, California Competes, The Education Trust—West, and Tipping Point Community.