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Monday, October 9 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Equity in Theory and Equity in Practice (90 mins)

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Annually the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) publishes a report on student participation in high impact practices and breaks down participation across such characteristics as race/ethnicity and first generation status. Research has shown that student engagement in high impact practices such as civic engagement and service learning has significant impact on students and can be “life changing” (Kuh 2008) especially for underserved students of color who have shown greater academic gains after participation in such activities. Do we use this NSSE data in our work? As the number of students of color increases on college campuses, do we ask ourselves is access to and participation in our civic engagement activities equitable across underrepresented groups, particularly racial-ethnic groups? Do we monitor equity in our engagement efforts or take into consideration the particular impact on or perspective of underrepresented students as they engage in the community, especially considering many of our institutions are located in communities where people of color are the majority. In this conversation we will use a critical lens to discuss equity in our engagement efforts, exploring these questions not simply from the perspective of our students, but examining the role of staffing and leadership in engagement initiatives and the impact on conversations of access and equity.

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Nyeema Watson

Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement, Rutgers University—Camden

Monday October 9, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm MDT
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