Virtual seminar on Oct. 29 will look at barriers to transfer students’ success

All members of the campus community are invited to a virtual workshop on Friday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., featuring two Columbia University researchers discussing their work on the barriers transfer students face in accessing and succeeding in higher education.

The event will feature Davis Jenkins and John Fink, senior research associates at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, who have partnered with dozens of community colleges and multiple state systems during a six-year research project.

It will take place virtually via Webex from 2 – 3 p.m. on Oct. 29. Please use this link to join the meeting when it begins. Registration is not required for the seminar.

This presentation is hosted by the New Paltz team working on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence 3 program, which aims to substantially and sustainably build colleges’ capacity for student belonging, especially for those who have been historically excluded from the sciences.

The team – which includes Jen Waldo (Biology), Lydia Bright (Biology), Nancy Campos (AC2), Megan Ferguson (Chemistry) and Catherine Herne (Physics) – was selected by the HHMI to help New Paltz build effective partnerships with two-year institutions.

There are opportunities for New Paltz faculty and staff to get involved in this ongoing work. Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming meetings and discussions about next steps.