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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Why Boston (or Any Other Urban Location)?: A Competitive Advantage for Diversity (90 mins)

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Boston is a highly-educated city with world-class colleges and universities who boast impressive retention and graduation rates. Despite the success, Boston higher education institutions continue to struggle with recruiting, retaining and graduating a diverse student body. Based on 2015 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, only 16.1% of 4-year undergraduate enrollment at Boston-based colleges and universities were Black or Hispanic students. At Boston Public Schools, in 2015-2016, 73.9% of students classified themselves as Black or Hispanic. Yet, with such opportunities in our backyard, college and universities in Boston, San Francisco, New York, etc., recruit students from all over the country to meet their diversity goals, usually targeting and developing programming for high-achieving students, while failing to create an equitable opportunity for all students to achieve life-long success. In the current environment, where higher education and industry seek creative responses to the changing demographics, the most dedicated staff and faculty of institutions are uniquely positioned to help guide women and underrepresented minorities from Boston and other urban areas into the 21st century workforce.

This comprehensive session will focus on creating a body of knowledge about the opportunities and challenges colleges and universities face in developing extensive college access and success partnerships, programming, financial aid opportunities, and support services for local, low-income and/or underrepresented minority students. At the end of the session, all materials will be collected by the facilitators to document the conversations and compile a report that will be emailed to attendees with follow-up opportunities.

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Erik Miller

Director, Community & Learning Partnerships, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
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