Webinar October 20th 2020
In July 2020 GAPS organized a webinar with student leaders (part I).
Now we organize part II: Designing the Post-COVID Tertiary Education Experience What If Equity, Access, Diversity & Inclusion for Students, Educators and Staff Were the New Normal
GAPS Webinar with a global panel of university leaders
Dates: October 20th 2020 at 11 am EST & 5 pm CET
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 – university leaders – 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 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?
Tuesday, October 20
11 am – 12:30 p.m. EST
10 am Dallas, 11 am New York City, 12 noon Sao Paolo, 4 pm London and
5 pm Amsterdam & Cape Town
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 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.
Dr. Amaral is a full-professor in Obstetrics at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo/Brazil. Her research work covers quality of care, maternal morbidity-mortality, and infectious diseases in Obstetrics, as well as education for health professionals and higher education issues. She occupies current positions as the Vice-President for Undergraduate Educational Programs & Affairs at UNICAMP (2017-2021), technical advisor for the Reproductive Health Division at the World Health Organization (WHO)-Geneva, and as a member of the Higher Education Chamber at the Sao Paulo State Council on Education.
ORCID-ID – https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9151-3108
Naziema is known for her work as a trade union activist in women’s and workers’ rights and has a extensive experience in higher education management and administration. She is currently the Director for the Centre for Educational Testing & Placement (CETAP) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa. In January 2017 she was appointed as Honorary Consul for the Republic of the Maldives. Ms Jappie has served as a member of the task force for Gender Equity in Education and has been involved in university evaluations and audits nationally and internationally. She was President of the Student Affairs Association (SASSAP); Vice Chair of Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme for Universities, was the Vice Chairperson of the South African Women’s Forum and the Shura Council for Women (New York). She currently serves as Non-Executive Director for Hoskens Passenger Logistics & Rail; Deneb Investments and Montauk Energy and holds membership in National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME) and South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
Dr. Denisa Gandara is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Georgia. Her research agenda broadly explores higher education policy formulation processes and impacts, especially on populations traditionally underserved in higher education. Her work appears in The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Review of Higher Education, and she is a co-author of the book Outcomes Based Funding and Race in Higher Education: Can Equity be Bought? Dr. Gándara is the recipient of an AERA Research Grant and a dissertation fellowship from the Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences.
Susana Menéndez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a lawyer and historian by training. On 1995, she got her PhD on Gender Studies at Leiden University. On 2000, she started her career in academic leadership. In 2008 Menéndez became a Member of the Executive Board of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. As Vice-President she was responsible for Academic and International Affairs. In September 2018, she stepped down as VP and Board Member and is now in charge of different international programmes and alliances in HE. Dr Menéndez is a member of the Supervisory Board of HZ University of Applied Sciences, of Community College ROC van Amsterdam/Flevoland as well as in national committees on international students. Susana Menéndez is an active member of different committees and international networks. She served in different committees within the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences. On behalf the Dutch Association of Universities of applied Sciences she served as a Board Member of Echo (Center for Diversitypolicy). Next to her work in education Susana Menéndez has also been member of the Board of the Dutch Refugee Council, the UAF-association for Refugee Scholars, the Refugee Foundation and Cordaid (Caritas The Netherlands).
You are invited to join us for our upcoming free webinar with a global panel of university leaders:
Eliana Amaral, University of Campinas, Brazil
Naziema Jappie, University of Capetown, South Africa
Denisa Gándara, Southern Methodist University, United States
Susana Menendez , The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Moderator: Pravini Baboeram Host GAPS: Catherine Millett
October 20th 2020 at 11 am EST & 5 pm CET
Designing Tertiary 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.
In July, five students shared their experiences and insights drawing upon their personal educational experiences and the context within their home country. On October 20th, we will hear from five university leaders.
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
Attend the Free Roundtable
20th October 2020
11 a.m. EST
Attend the Free Roundtable
20th October 2020
11 a.m. EST