Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Guided Pathways Workshop
Presenters: Dr. A’Lelianne Warren, Director of Recruitment and Retention; Emily Baldwin, Manager of Recruitment and Enrollment; Tammara Walker, Assistant Director of Career and Academic Advising; and Natasha Lipscomb, Vice-President of Student Success, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Research has shown that students in higher educational settings who have a greater sense of belonging tend to have higher motivation and higher academic engagement/achievement (Pedler, et al., 2022). With primarily focus on the guided pathway pillar of “Helping Students Stay on their Path” and “Ensuring students are learning” this workshop will provide participants will have an opportunity to discover varied forms of implicit bias (i.e., with attention given to gender, racial, cultural, and/or generational gaps) and to understand how it disrupts communities and damages relationships. Strategies for addressing bias through both self-awareness and cultural competence will be discussed (Butler, 2021). Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to foster a more equitable and culturally inclusive campus climate and examples of how the Rowan-Cabarrus Recruitment and Retention team has implemented these practices using two of the guided pathway pillars (helping students stay on their path and ensuring students are learning) will be discussed.