2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Extended Learning Session: Closing the Equity Gap: Design Strategies for Institutional Transformation

Broadly, American higher education was designed to serve a specific type of student. In the last 50 years, the compositional diversity of our campuses, along myriad axes of identity, has changed dramatically.  Yet our campus practices, including our co-curricular programs and services, remain largely unaltered. This disconnect between our sociohistorical foundations and our current student demographics produces a vast equity gap, whereby marginalized and low social capital students emerge from our institutions with severely diminished outcomes when compared to their privileged peers. We can disrupt this cycle. This extended session will equip participants with four innovative design strategies that they can implement to transform their campuses and their own practices through intentional, justice-centered interventions. Session participants will be engaged by the presenters in a series of mini-TED style talks, punctuated by table-top working sessions where they will operationalize these design strategies in small groups. Participants will emerge empowered and prepared to tackle their institution’s equity gaps.

RSVP: Space is Limited
RSVP required

Tuesday, March 6
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Presented by

Dr. Sumi Pendakur
Chief Learning Officer and Director of the USC Equity Institutes - University of Southern California
Dr. Vijay Pendakur
Dean of Students - Cornell University