Guest presenters:

  • Vanessa Coca, Ph.D., Director of Research, The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
  • Kallie Clark, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

FCAN host:  Kimberly Lent, Assistant Director of Research and Policy

Opening remarks: Paul Perrault, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Community Impact and Learning, Helios Education Foundation

In Florida, Black adults trail White adults by double digits in degree attainment. Black students are not only less likely to attend college and more likely to experience “summer melt,” but those who do continue their education beyond high school are less likely to complete a degree program when compared to their White peers. Research on college enrollment shows the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened these trends.

Earlier this year, Helios Education Foundation partnered with The Hope Center on a research project to better understand the college decision-making process and the support needs of Black students. In this FCAN webinar, Helios and The Hope Center will share findings from their research grounded in the student experience to inform Florida college access and success efforts.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How Helios and The Hope Center partnered on a research project geared toward actionable findings
  • How Black students in Florida describe their expectations, security of basic needs, and potential financial challenges they face when attending college
  • Strategies to support Black students on their college journeys and prevent “summer melt”

FCAN thanks the following for their partnership during this webinar:

Event Details

Webinar: Supporting the College Access Needs of Black Students: Findings from Florida Student Surveys
Date and Time: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 1-2 p.m.

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