OLC Leadership Network Event - Part 3: Student Speak: Equity Reality from Students of Color, Low-Income, and First-Generation Students

Concurrent Session 7
Streamed Session Leadership OLC Session

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Brief Abstract

Amid a pandemic and difficult conversations about race and equity, we face a pivotal moment in higher education. By amplifying voices of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students, we can improve faculty practices and improve student outcomes. Join Every Learner Everywhere Director, Jessica Rowland Williams, PhD, and a panel of students who are a part of the GlobalMindED 2020 Leadership Class and the Equity Project, for a discussion on how advances in digital courseware paired with evidence-based, equity-first, innovative teaching can better serve today's students.  

Student panelists:

  • Tomozia Graves
  • Emanuel Walker
  • Kyra Welch


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Jessica is the Director of Every Learner Everywhere, a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and better serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students. As Director, she provides leadership and vision for the network and leads the operation of the network strategy. Prior to this role, Jessica served as the Completion Grant Initiative Project Director for University Innovation Alliance. She also worked as Project Director in Georgia State University’s Office of the Senior Vice President of Student Success. During her time at Princeton University, Jessica served four years as a Diversity Fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity and was honored with the Patrice Y. Johnson *80 Memorial Service Award by the Association of Black Princeton Alumni in recognition of her high levels of performance and service to the university. Jessica has devoted her career to helping institutions better serve marginalized students. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. She is also a mother of four children. As her spare time allows, Jessica enjoys traveling and escaping into the world of literature.

Extended Abstract

Join us for this one of three sessions at OLC’s Fall Leadership Network Event, where we bring together digital leaders from academic institutions, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss strategies for creating and sustaining online, blended, and digital learning leadership that centers student success.  Digital leaders are guiding initiatives at traditional academic institutions and non-profits, developing new products and approaches within the private sector, and working to establish policies and regulations within government, all at a time where access to an equitable and impactful education is challenged for many prospective and matriculated students. We see ever increasing demand for cross-sector collaborations led by digital leaders across an increasingly diverse educational landscape. Join us at this half-day event for featured presentations and small group discussions on opportunities for digital leaders, both established and emerging, in identifying challenges and surfacing practices for digital learning leadership that promotes and accelerates student success.

The Leadership Network Event option is included in your OLC Accelerate Virtual Conference 2020 registration fee. There is no additional registration fee to participate in the event. Learn more about this session and all of the sessions at the Leadership Network Event page.