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Hosted by IWPR and Ascend at the Aspen Institute
4/26 from 1:30-3pm ET

Listen to a recording of the webinar here.

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Listen to IWPR and Ascend at the Aspen Institute as we discuss what states can and have done to support postsecondary student parent success – what policy tools are out there, how states have addressed student parent needs in different ways, what challenges exist in this field, and more. This conversation will also include a panel of government officials from states that have enacted policy solutions that support and invest in the success of student parents.

Earning a college degree is critical to unlocking many high-paying jobs – and, as a result, to economic mobility and intergenerational family prosperity and well-being. Increasingly, college students today are far from the traditional “norm.” 1 in 5 students enrolled in college are parents. Despite growing recognition of the economic and social benefits of pursuing a postsecondary degree, it has been largely left to institutions of higher education to meet the needs of student parents. Listen to the recording to learn more about policy innovations in support of student parent success, such as Ascend’s Policy Acceleration Partnerships, and future research in this space crafted by IWPR.


  • Nina Besser Doorley, Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • David Croom, Associate Director, Postsecondary Success for Parents, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
  • Miriam Cullimore, Student Parent & Whole Family Coordinator, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Ami Magisos, Associate Director, Policy and Planning, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Elisabetta Kasfir, Deputy Commissioner for Federal Programs, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Bentley Ponder, Deputy Commissioner for Quality Innovations & Partnerships, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Moderator: Mark Huelsman, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University

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