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Monday, October 21 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Lightning Session: Connecting All the Pieces of the Puzzle: Engaging Parents, Families, and Community Partners

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There is an old African proverb that reads, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same is true for Colleges and Universities that work to successfully graduate students. It takes the parents, families, the community and institutions of higher education working together to help students achieve their fullest potential.

The most important piece of this puzzle, outside of the students, are the parents and/or families of students. If we don’t have buy-in prior to and when a student is in school from parents/families, a student’s chances of success drastically diminish. This workshop will explore how to engage parents and families through K12 schools, faith-based institutions, community centers and community partners invested in their children’s education.

Topics will include:

  • Facilitating parent-focused workshops on financial aid;
  • Collaborating with Community Based Organizations to work with middle and high school students and their families on “how to prepare for college.”
  • Partnering with faith-based organizations and community centers to discuss college access and navigating the college admissions process.

Participants will also have an opportunity to share strategies that have worked within their respective Colleges and Universities for engaging parents, families, and community partners to help students achieve academic success.


Caroline Waters

SENIOR EOF COUNSELOR, Rutgers University - Camden

Monday October 21, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
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