In this October 2018 Lunchtime Seminar, Autumn Green, Ph.D., tackles the history, activism, and research surrounding students with children in higher education. Student parents are not a niche population; they make up 26 percent of the nation’s undergraduate students. Yet, student parents are significantly under-researched, and even with explicit Title IX protections, often under-served. Student parents face unique challenges, including accessing affordable childcare and family-friendly housing. Additionally, a growing number of student parents are low-income, first-generation women of color who use higher education as a tool of upward socioeconomic mobility.
With the help of MSW candidate and intern Sarah Galison, Dr. Green presents results from the first comprehensive research study on student parent programs in the United States and shares insight on how institutions can best support the growing population of students parents and their children.
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