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Cultivating Community for Underserved Students
The colliding crises of the pandemic era have set off concerns about a lost generation of students. Early indications of falling enrollment and retention among students from lower-income backgrounds are creating a new sense of urgency. As colleges plan to reopen their campuses — and reimagine the educational experience — how can they best support and engage prospective and current students, particularly those from underserved populations?

To explore how to cultivate community among students, this discussion will answer:
- How can colleges better promote a sense of connectedness and belonging?
- What structures, both virtual tools and physical spaces, are most effective?
- How can colleges keep students motivated to pursue their academic and career goals?
- What roles can peer and faculty or staff mentors play in fostering students’ growth and progress?

The panel, hosted by Sara Lipka, an assistant managing editor at The Chronicle, will include:
- Margaret Carney, university architect, Cornell University
- Tom Ellett, chief experience officer, Quinnipiac University
- Karnell McConnell-Black, vice president for student life, Reed College
- Cynthia Olivo, vice president for student services, Pasadena City College
- Susan E. Powell, associate vice president for student affairs, Jackson State University

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