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Webinar: Pregnant and Parenting Students Belonging and Thriving Framework
May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDTFree
College success for pregnant and parenting students has important implications for racial, ethnic, and economic equity in higher education. Among students of color, one in three black students, one in three Native American students, and one in five Latinx students are parents. There is not a more opportune time as the visibility of care work has been propelled to the foreground during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pregnant and Parenting Students Belonging and Thriving Framework aims to ensure that students enrolled in higher educational institutions are healthy places where student parents and their children belong and thrive. This framework aims to address root issues of the disparate and fragmented range of current practices and policies that have been inadequate in serving this unseen and often invisibilized student population. Rather than starting at the organizational spaces of higher ed itself — this framework embraces the wholeness and complexity of student parent life, moving away from the traditional bifurcated academic vs. student affairs approach that is predominant in higher ed spaces. This webinar will discuss how this tool, organized around five sustainable foci (i.e., community building, healing, self-determination, mutual power, and shared access to opportunities) can be useful in transforming the educational and life experiences for pregnant and parenting students who have been historically and systematically marginalized in higher educational spaces.
Tina Cheuk, Assitant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Dr. Tina Cheuk is a mother scholar, educator, and advocate focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of minoritized groups in postsecondary education. For much of her career, she has focused most intently on issues that include the development of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in STEM settings, the struggles, assets and possibilities of teachers of Color across the pipeline, and student activism work that transforms institutions toward more equitable and just learning spaces. Her advocacy work considers how policy and resources — or their lack thereof — contribute to the alienation and erasure of student mothers (and student parents at large) in higher educational spaces. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education Policy from Stanford University.
Maya Valree, California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo
Maya was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. She began her educational journey at Santa Monica College, which she credits for spiking her interest in higher education and student affairs. She holds Associate Degrees in Public Policy and Social and Behavioral Science from Santa Monica College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Maya is currently pursuing an M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at Cal Poly — Go Mustangs! Maya maintained restaurant employment throughout her undergraduate studies, and attributes her hospitality experience as a driving factor in her decision to learn Spanish. In her free time, Maya enjoys veganizing recipes, learning about U.S. history, and spending time with her boyfriend and their precocious toddler.