Ascend’s #CollaborativeAction for #StudentParents Convening

May 18, 2023 

Dr. Su Jin Jez, California Competes CEO participated in the following session at Ascend’s annual student parent ecosystem convening, Collaborative Action for Student Parent:

Making Measures: Encouraging State and Federal Governments to Establish Student Parent Data Mandates and Attainment Goals

Elevating student parents on government agendas takes dedicated effort and sophistication in navigating multiple systems. In this session, three advocates will share insights from their efforts to push for government data collection mandates on students’ parenting status and/or educational attainment goals. Panelists included:

  • Moderator – Theresa Anderson, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Michaela Martin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager, First 5 Orange County, and 2020-2021 Ascend Parent Advisor 
  • Su Jin Gatlin Jez, CEO, California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy 
  • Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Managing Director, Policy and Research, Higher Learning Advocates 

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