ABERDEEN S.D. – Today Presentation College is proud to announce a partnership with The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. PC will be joining the #RealCollege Institutional Capacity-Building Cohort (ICBC) with 26 other high education institutions from across the nation.
The program is designed to assist colleges and universities in retaining students who need food and housing supports and who were made more vulnerable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cohort will create an ecosystem for developing solutions to complex problems, to empower leaders to impact organizational change, and to build connections with other colleges. Member institutions will build their capacity for assessment, analysis, and social support systems for students.
“Over the past 20 years Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab has surveyed post-secondary institutions and recognized there is an insecurity of basic needs for students, particularly food and housing insecurities. Recognizing how real this issue is and the emphasized effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it important for our institution to make sure that our students are set up for success by providing support and resources to minimize these insecurities. I believe this follows right with our mission and the work of Nano Nagel in providing resources and support for our students that encompasses the whole person education,” said Sophia McDermott, Director of the Career and Learning Center & Disability Coordinator at Presentation College.
The cohort begins this month and runs through May 2022, with learning modules focused on assessment, support, driving state and federal policy and advocacy, and supporting the basic needs ecosystem. Each member institution will be represented by leaders including administrators, staff, faculty, and students. Sessions will offer deep analysis of The Hope Center’s research and annual surveys, which are the nation’s largest and longest-standing rigorous assessment of students’ basic needs.
Leading PC’s committee with McDermott is Dr. Paula Langteau, President of Presentation College, followed by four team members: Criminal Justice Professor Mark Anderson, Director of Educational Technology Angela Hermansen, Senior Undergraduate Sky Carter, and Director of Counseling and Student Wellness Rebecca Christiansen.
This project is made possible by its member institutions as well as grants from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and ECMC Foundation.
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice (2021)