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Virtual Summit to Examine Equity in Higher Ed

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

How can higher education foster equity while serving a variety of constituents, and what does it look like?  These questions—among many others—will be on the table when UMass Amherst hosts the virtual Higher Education Equity Summit on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Students, faculty, staff are encouraged to preregister for this free event by April 19 through this link.

The summit, funded by a grant from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a part of a larger global initiative led by Dr. Chrystal A. George Mwangi on equity in higher education, with related events on campuses in Ghana, India, South Africa, Ireland, and England. 

Dr. Gerardo Blanco, Associate Professor and Associate Academic Director at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, will serve as keynote speaker. Blanco—who earned his doctorate from UMass Amherst—focuses his research on the intersections of quality, branding and position, taking in a context of global competition in higher education. 

A panel discussion featuring Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi, Rutgers University’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Anna Branch, and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC Dr. Amer Ahmed will follow Blanco’s address. The group will discuss and debate what “success” means in the university context, how it can be achieved given the myriad local and global pressures impacting higher education, and how higher education improves or hinders equity (locally and globally) in its pursuit of success. 
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““In higher education we use the term ‘success’ a lot, but what outcomes are we really seeking to address? For campus administrators working in their specific areas, how are we really defining what it means? Is there a common understanding of it, is it about serving the university, serving the community?” says Associate Professor for Higher Education (and event co-organizer along with UMass Professor Sangeeta Kamat and Assistant Professor Jonique Childs) Chrystal George Mwangi. “Dr. Blanco can speak to that, and the panelists can unpack it through their lens.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Researching Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Project; Worldwide Universities Network UMass College of Education UMass International Programs Office, Center for Student Success Research, and the UMass Undergraduate Student Success Office. Contact Dr. George Mwangi with questions.