Webinar July 21st 2020

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Designing Tertiairy Education Experiences in light of COVID-19 and movements like Black Life Matters: What If Equity, Access, Diversity & Inclusion for Students, Educators and Staff Were the New Normal

GAPS Webinar with a global panel of Studentleaders

Dates: July 21st 2020

The Covid experience is changing the educational experience of the nearly 200 million higher education students at the more than 20,000 universities in the world. Even before the pandemic inequalities existed on campuses and within national systems.  These inequalities manifested in different forms from gender to race/ethnicity to socioeconomic to access to technology and internet speed. Many tertiary institutions and systems were working to develop and implement policies and programs to advance equity, access, diversity and inclusion on their campuses. Yet, the Covid experiences are bringing to light that the differences in equity, access, diversity and inclusion may be greater than we had realized. This conversation is not just taking place within higher education, but in broader society. Movements like #blacklivesmatter are bringing structural inequality and how this affects black communities in particular to the forefront of the diversity and inclusion debate.
 

So how do we ask the right questions on campuses for designing a post-Covid tertiary education experience that puts equity, access, diversity and inclusion at the center? How do we enable students and faculty/administrators to benefit from the learning experiences during and after Covid?

During this one-and-a-half-hour webinar, our global colleagues – students – will join us to share their thoughts on the following questions:

  • What are the aspects of equity, access, diversity and inclusion that you were working on before Covid?  How have you seen this work change or different dimensions come to light in the Covid period?
  • We cannot go back to “business as usual” at the end of this crisis. What advice do you have for students and education leaders as they are thinking about “build back better” with the goal of having equity, access, diversity and inclusion for all student be the new normal?

Program

1.5 Hour Webinar– July 21st 2020

@ 8 am Los Angeles, 10 am Jamaica, 11 am New York, 12 noon São Paulo, 4 pm London and 5 pm Amsterdam & Cape Town

10 minutesWelcome, GAPS overview and Webinar Overview Catherine Millett, GAPS  
45 minutes  Discussion #1: Students Insights on Designing the Post-Covid Tertiary Education Experience:  What If Equity, Access, Diversity & Inclusion for Students, Educators and Staff Were the New Normal Session Facilitators: Pravini Baboeram, Echo Netherlands  Student Panelists: Matheus Gomes, University of Campinas, Brazil Shanari Fearon, University of the West Indies, Jamaica Rudzani Mamphweli, University of Venda, South Africa Maribel Sanchez, Wichita State University, United States Afua Acheampong , Nottingham Trent University, Europe    
30 minutesQ&A: with Student Panelists Session moderator: Pravini Baboeram, ECHO  
5 minutesConclusion Catherine Millett, GAPS

Bio’s

Catherine Millett

Catherine Millett is a senior research scientist in the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J. Her research focuses on educational access, student performance and achievement, educational equity and student financing for various population groups in the United States at the postsecondary educational level. Catherine is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Access to Postsecondary Education initiative (GAPS).

Pravini Baboeram

Pravini Baboeram works as a program manager at ECHO, Expertise Center for Diversity Policy. In this role she facilitates in the process of “getting comfortable with the uncomfortable”. Reflecting on mechanisms that lead to exclusion in education and the labor market Pravini invites participants to engage in conversations on systemic inequality. In this process she supports participants in translating these insights into practical tools and solutions to strengthen diversity and inclusion in organizations.

Matheus Gomes

Matheus is an undergraduate student Mechanical Engineering at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) with many interests. His experience is both academic and professional. Matheus is currently doing an internship in Markets Insights at Cargill Animal Nutrition and has previously done an intership in Project Management at Robert Bosch also in Campinas. The past five years Matheus has accomplished a variety of extracurricular activities. He was President of the Council of Extracurricular Activities at UNICAMP. President of Motriz, Junior Enterprise of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Matheus did an Academic Internship at the Technical University of Liberec, was the General Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Academic Week and did Scientific Research on Educational Policies at the Faculty of Education of UNICAMP. Matheus is also doing volunteer work since 2018 as a Teacher of Mathematics and Physics in a Public Elementary School.

Shanari Fearon

Shanari is a candidate for the MA Higher Educational Management degree at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica. She holds a BA in Journalism specializing in Sports and is currently a frequent blogger for Times Higher Education (see links below). In 2019, she was selected to attend the Roger Salters Summer Institute hosted in the Netherlands where she participated in multiple seminars focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.  Her research area explores the experiences and competencies of sports coaches and its effects on student- athletes’ success in higher education. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Shanari wants to further her studies and assist in shaping higher education sports policies to be more inclusive in the Caribbean. Blogs:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/blogs/how-student-athletes-jamaica-are-coping-coronavirus-outbreak
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/blogs/studying-and-working-student-jamaica)

Rudzani Mamphweli

Education- Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts Honours (University of Venda), Master’s in International Development Studies (Palacky University in the Czech Republic) funded by European Commission, PhD student at University of Venda.

Rudzani’s interests includes teaching and research on projects relating to development assistance and programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and addressing inequality, sustainability and international development cooperation. Rudzani is currently a project member of Innovation Champions for Local Economic Development-(IC4LED) in Vhembe District where University of Venḓa is leading implementation of activities of innovation into local economic development practice. Recently participated in research Bootcamp organised by JET education services under the Theme: Governance AND Management-Higher Education Response to Covid-19. 

Maribel Sánchez

Maribel Sánchez is a rising senior, pursuing her Honors Baccalaureate degree with concentrations in management, communication, and leadership from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas with roots from Mexico, Maribel prides herself in being the first in her family to attend college and is a participant in the TRIO Student Support Services program. She has served as the president of the Chi Colony of Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, an At-Large Senator for the 62nd session of Student Government Association, and has been a member of Student Ambassador Society since her freshman year. She works at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently, she ran as the first Latina in her campus’ history for Student Body President. Upon graduation, Maribel hopes to land a job abroad promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and then plans to attend graduate school to receive a PhD and teach as a university professor. In summer 2019, she took part in the Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program cosponsored by COE, ECHO, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Afua Acheampong

Afua Acheampong is the current Vice President Education at Nottingham Trent Students’ Union. As Vice President Education, she represents 32,000 NTU students on their academics whilst implementing important changes. Afua is also a trustee of NTSU, as it is a registered charity. Alongside her role at NTSU, she was a panellist on the Teaching Excellence Framework. This is a national exercise ran by The Office for Students, introduced by the government to assess excellence in teaching at universities and colleges. She is also a Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador, following completing the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme in 2018. The Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME) attainment gap in reference to race refers to the fact that there is a ‘gap’ in achievement between BME and White students. BME students are less likely to achieve a 1st class or 2:1 degree compared to their white counterparts. (Equality Information Report) Jan 2016). Afua has been actively working this year to tackle the BME attainment gap at NTU as it is larger when compared against the sector.

You are invited to join us for our upcoming free webinar with a global panel of student leaders:

Matheus Gomes, University of Campinas, Brazil

Shanari Fearon, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Rudzani Mamphweli, University of Venda, South Africa

Maribel Sanchez, Wichita State University, United States

Afua Acheampong , Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Host GAPS: Catherine Millett            Moderator: Pravini Baboeram


Designing Tertiairy Education Experiences in light of COVID-19 and movements like Black Life Matters: What If Equity, Access, Diversity & Inclusion for Students, Educators and Staff Were the New Normal

 

GAPS is launching a series of webinars on Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion for students, educators and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting dialogues around the world on diversity and inclusion in tertiary education. 

Many tertiary institutions and systems were working to develop and implement policies and programs to advance equity, access, diversity and inclusion on their campuses. Yet, the Covid experiences are bringing to light that the differences in equity, access, diversity and inclusion may be greater than we had realized. This conversation is not just taking place within higher education, but in broader society. Movements like #blacklivesmatter are bringing structural inequality and how this affects black communities in particular to the forefront of the diversity and inclusion debate. 

This webinar is organized by GAPS, Global Access to Postsecondary Education initiative in collaboration with COE, Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington DC, United States and ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy in The Hague, The Netherlands.

 

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