Mitigate the Pandemic’s Impact on Equity Gaps this Fall and Beyond

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Mitigate the Pandemic’s Impact on Equity Gaps this Fall and Beyond

EAB’s Meacie Fairfax, a Black woman, and Ed Venit, a white man, share ways that their lived experiences have influenced their views on unequal educational outcomes for students of color, those who are the first in their families to attend college, and other underserved student populations.

Ed and Meacie examine data that offer insights into the magnitude of the challenge colleges face in getting existing students to register for the fall. Their discussion touches on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic, as well the murder of George Floyd and the long line of injustices that preceded it, on the lives of minority students and their communities. Finally, they offer specific actions that university leaders must take now to keep potentially vulnerable students on the path to earning a college degree.

"Students weren’t so confident in the COVID-19 response of their campus leaders, and now folks are wondering ‘how are they going to address the racial strife, the health of our community when we do come back?’"

Meacie Fairfax

"We need to acknowledge, even if the students show up on campus, are they ready to learn?"

Ed Venit

"You have a responsibility as a leader of your institution to take a good hard look at yourself and say ‘are we actually offering an equitable experience for our students?"

Ed Venit

"The larger conversation has to be: how do engage our employers, how do we engage our alumni, how do we engage our community partners in this larger change we seek to have within our higher education institutions?"

Meacie Fairfax

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