The experiences of student parents pursuing a college education amid the COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of Thursday’s Achieving the Dream Student Parent Success Summit.
A number of leaders, speakers and attendees across all disciplines at educational institutions and community-based organizations participated in the five-hour Summit, providing equitable recommendations to develop campus programs/policies that support student parents.
Data at Ascend via the Aspen Institute — a national hub that supports children and the adults in their lives achieve educational success, economic security, health and well-being — and in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reveals that the majority of student parents have children under the age of 6.
Due to COVID-19, she has had to think about how to forge connections as a student.
“Do I want to do another [Zoom networking] event or spend time with the kids?” she asked herself. “But if I don’t take these opportunities, I am walking into an economy right now like it was in 2010.”