Presentation Title

Parental Inclusivity Within Higher Education Institutions

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Watkins 2141

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

The featured presentation will cover research conducted with the intention to analyse ways in which student support services are inadequately supporting undergraduate student parents. Through a thorough evaluation of current campus resources available at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, the presentation will offer suggestions to assist in the inclusivity of undergraduate student mothers of color. The goal of this presentation is to raise awareness and advocacy for mothers of color striving to accomplish academic and career goals. Using multi-method critical action and critical ethnographic qualitative research approaches, we will examine examples of women working towards representation and academic support. References to sources such as, Mothers in Academia a collective text edited by Mari Castaneda and Kirsten Isgro (2013), examines the inequities faculty and student mothers in higher education face. We will also refer to Opting Out? by Pamela Stone (2007), which offers further insight into women who have been pushed out of their career due to demanding responsibilities of an institution. Lastly, we will note Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA (2016) who represent a collaborative effort of student mothers striving to accomplish equitable student support services for our marginalized community.

The themes of our presentation will cover awareness of a marginalized community, awareness of student support service needs, and a platform from which mothers on campus may voice their experiences as well as requirements. While there may be alternative ways for activism in favor of student parents, my research is one step towards visibility and acceptance. The elaboration of my research topic is important in order to continue to evolve college campus communities inclusive of historically marginalized populations. Research such as mine, will add to a gap in literature that does not often frequent the experiences of undergraduate student parents.

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Parental Inclusivity Within Higher Education Institutions

Watkins 2141

The featured presentation will cover research conducted with the intention to analyse ways in which student support services are inadequately supporting undergraduate student parents. Through a thorough evaluation of current campus resources available at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, the presentation will offer suggestions to assist in the inclusivity of undergraduate student mothers of color. The goal of this presentation is to raise awareness and advocacy for mothers of color striving to accomplish academic and career goals. Using multi-method critical action and critical ethnographic qualitative research approaches, we will examine examples of women working towards representation and academic support. References to sources such as, Mothers in Academia a collective text edited by Mari Castaneda and Kirsten Isgro (2013), examines the inequities faculty and student mothers in higher education face. We will also refer to Opting Out? by Pamela Stone (2007), which offers further insight into women who have been pushed out of their career due to demanding responsibilities of an institution. Lastly, we will note Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA (2016) who represent a collaborative effort of student mothers striving to accomplish equitable student support services for our marginalized community.

The themes of our presentation will cover awareness of a marginalized community, awareness of student support service needs, and a platform from which mothers on campus may voice their experiences as well as requirements. While there may be alternative ways for activism in favor of student parents, my research is one step towards visibility and acceptance. The elaboration of my research topic is important in order to continue to evolve college campus communities inclusive of historically marginalized populations. Research such as mine, will add to a gap in literature that does not often frequent the experiences of undergraduate student parents.