San Diego, CA
 November 18, 2021
 11:10 - 12:00 PM

Of all the trends emerging from the economic fallout of COVID-19, one of the most troubling has been the exodus of parents from the labor market. Declines in workforce participation have been steepest for mothers of color, who are disproportionately represented in low-wage and frontline jobs. Higher education is a key way to move up the economic ladder, but unlike previous recessions, we’ve also seen precipitous declines in enrollment, particularly at community colleges. Together, these trends pose a threat to equitable opportunity and economic recovery. How can postsecondary education better serve student parents? This session draws on qualitative and quantitative research to illuminate the experience of parents in postsecondary education and surface promising solutions to support their success. In addition to insights from researchers and innovators, this session will also feature perspectives from student parents speaking about their education and career journeys. Participants will leave with actionable strategies to engage, enroll, and support student parents — a population that is critical to serve if we are to achieve a more equitable economic recovery.