MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
St. James 2 College: A Graduate Support Program
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Round 1 only
Mandisa John, Associate Director of Graduate Support, St. James School
The goal of the St. James Graduate Support Program is to ensure that students continue their educational advancement, fulfill their potential, and achieve productive roles in society. As St. James prepares for its first set of high school graduates & college students, it is imperative to expand the structure of the program and supports.
The program expansion will benefit graduates in the following ways:
Graduates will have early exposure to colleges and access to equitable opportunities
Graduates will receive individualized support through their college application process
Graduates will receive a tailored list of colleges that will be the best fit for all of their needs: academic, social, financial, etc.
Graduates will enter and persist through the college of their choice
Grows, glows, and findings will be shared from the department's work since launching in 2013 on the levels of supports given to low income students of color to and through high school and college.
Young people who are the first in their family to graduate from college can shatter an intergenerational cycle of poverty. However, many first-gen students never make it to college, and far too many are not graduating at the same rate as their peers. Financial and cultural barriers prevent many first-generation students from pursuing or successfully completing post-secondary degrees. With specific, targeted strategies and action steps, we can work towards equitable and inclusive opportunities for our students.
Expected workshop outcomes, participant take-aways:
Knowledge of how St. James supports its graduates to and through high school and college
Ways to support low income students of color holistically
Benefits of graduate support programs
has been the Associate Director of Graduate Support at St. James School for one year where she supports 8th grade students to high school and now to and through post secondary education. Prior to St. James, Mandisa mentored and advised high school students through the post secondary process at high schools throughout Philadelphia for 8 years. Her true passion lies in equity and access work to break down barriers for students of color.
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