Real Educational Equity: Access & Supports

Session Description: Many universities and colleges are beginning to offer more financial resources to students to attend their institution. However, making college affordable or free is only the first step on the journey toward educational equity. College students need structured supports to graduate. Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas is an equity mission-driven two-year college created to address the educational attainment gap and workforce gap in the state of Minnesota. Based on the innovative educational model at Dougherty Family College, this talk will provide practical strategies for how colleges and universities can graduate more underrepresented students within a reasonable amount of time.

Session Information: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Session EducatorBuffy Smith, Ph.D., is a sociologist, educator, and consultant. She is the interim dean of Dougherty Family College and Professor of Sociology at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at Marquette University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Smith's primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retntion, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 15 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students with understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Dr. Smith has received several awards and grants that recognize her research on diversity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith's publications have been featured in research and practice oriented journals such as African-American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellent in Education. In addition, she is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education.

Fee for the session: $15.00 per person (There are also discounted packages available by day and by single session- see the store page for more details.)

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