2011 WCAN Statewide Conference
Sustaining the Early College Commitment
WCAN hosted the second annual statewide conference on March 23, 2011 for college access professionals, educators and policy advocates. Held on the University of Washington Tacoma campus, over 250 colleagues from across the state joined together for a day of networking, sharing and learning to ensure all students have the opportunity and tools they need to succeed in higher education.
The Honorable Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, welcomed the conference participants and provided concrete examples of how a community can embrace and develop the idea of a college-going culture for all families and their students. Dr. Dexter Gordon, Chair of the African American Studies Program and founder of the Race and Pedagogy Initiative at the University of Puget Sound, delivered the keynote address: College Education and the Contest for a New America. Dr. Gordon provided historical context for the ongoing work to break down systemic barriers that deter equitable access to education for many. In a call to action, he reminded us that each person’s ability to fully participate in a democratic society is intrinsically linked to their access to quality education in the public realm.
In addition to the keynote address, plenary sessions included a presentation on Hear Us Out: Seattle Students Talk About Going to College presented by Solynn McCurdy, Community Engagement Officer for the Alliance for Education and Duron Jones, current freshman at Seattle University; a panel discussion on the College Bound Scholarship and a group breakout session tasked with developing strategies for successful FAFSA completion for the class of 2012 and beyond.
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