Nearly 4 million student parents in America courageously work to attain their postsecondary degrees. 20% of all undergraduate students in California are parents. Pregnant and parenting students must overcome time poverty, a lack of affordable childcare, and family-friendly housing’ limited course availability. They face many other challenges, including feeling isolated, disconnected, and unwelcome by their college campuses while providing for their families and completing their studies. Despite these obstacles, student parents consistently achieve higher grade point averages than non-parenting students.
Join the Michelson 20MM Foundation on June 23 for a student-centered discussion that aims to uplift the unique experiences and challenges faced by student parents.
THERESA ANDERSON, PhD
Senior Researcher, Urban Institute
Dr. Theresa Anderson is a senior researcher at the Urban Institute. She is interested in improving access to and success in education throughout life, from early childhood to adulthood. Her work has focused on parenting students, low-income families, opportunity youth, community college students, adult education students, high school students from historically underserved populations, and public housing residents. She is passionate about using research to inform action that helps adults, children, and families meet their education and life goals.
Additional speakers are forthcoming.