January Community Chat: 1/19/22

ACCESS Collaborative Community Chats

The Ohio State University ACCESS Collaborative is continuing the monthly conversations that began after the virtual symposium. The ACCESS Program will host a series of Zoom meetings focused on topics relevant to parenting student support and success.

The goals for the monthly Community Chats are to:

  • Discuss and have meaningful conversation on topics pertinent to the success of parenting students in higher education

  • Give attendees the opportunity to network and stay connected with other higher education and community professionals serving parenting students

  • Build momentum leading up to the 2022 Student Parent Support Symposium!

January 2022 Chat

Data-informed Action Planning to Support Single Mothers on Campus

January 19, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

College Success for Single Mothers is a cohort of eight community colleges participating in a three-year project to identify and address the needs of single mothers on their campuses. Each has convened a cross-functional task force that completed a comprehensive needs assessment using the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit. Join a discussion with College Success for Single Mothers Task Force conveners to learn how they are using new quantitative and qualitative data to address resource gaps, revise policies, increase visibility and a sense of belonging for single mothers on campus and institutionalize processes for ongoing collection and proactive use of data to support parenting students.

Corresponding Presenter

Sandy Goodman h

Director of National College Transition Network (NCTN)

Sandy Goodman, Director, National College Transition Network (NCTN) is co-author of No Matter What Obstacle is Thrown My Way, which documents community college programs that support single mother students. Building on the report findings, Sandy is leading College Success for Single Mothers, assisting community colleges to develop and expand key practices and services to enhance their success in college and careers. Sandy provides technical assistance, training, and project leadership on adult postsecondary success and career pathways initiatives. She works within and across the adult education, workforce development, and community college systems to equip each to better support low-income adults realize their education and career goals. Sandy also brings deep expertise in community education and human services. She worked as a counselor/advocate and has trained and supervised volunteer counselor/advocates staffing a domestic violence shelter and 24-hour hotline. She also served on a statewide domestic violence team at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, where she provided case consultation and developed risk assessment protocol and implementation training to child welfare, law enforcement, and community agencies.


Desiree Polk-Bland h

Vice President of Student Affairs at Columbus State Community College

Desiree serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Columbus State Community College. In this role, Dr. Polk-Bland is responsible for leading and designing the college's strategy to support and develop all students. Desiree has over 23 years of experience in higher education and community college specializing in student development and holistic student support. She has a proven history of developing partnerships, collaborations, and stakeholder engagement that result in system change and programs designed to enable students to achieve their goals. Desiree has a deep appreciation for learning and education and believes they are essential in transforming society. Prior to Columbus State, she held roles at Tidewater Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, and Indiana University East. Desiree earned a PhD in Leadership for Higher Education is from Capella University, two Master's degrees from Indiana University (Adult Education and Educational Psychology), and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.

Esmeralda Sweeney h

Associate Vice President of Student Achievement Initiatives at Broward College

Esmeralda is the Associate Vice President of Student Achievement Initiatives at Broward College, and she has over 20 years of experience in higher education. In her current role, she leads retention initiatives and programs with a focus on underserved student populations. In addition, she provides college-wide vision and leadership for wrap-around student holistic supports. Prior to her AVP role, she was the Associate Dean of the Academic Success Center at the North Campus. Esmeralda Sweeney is a leadership fellow of the National Community College Hispanic Council. She was selected to be part of the inaugural President Leadership Academy and the Presidential Executive Practicum (PEP). She also received the NISOD Excellence Award for her work and was selected to be part of the Woman Leading Broward County leadership training. Esmeralda Sweeney holds a Master's Degree in Human Relations and Business. 

Kari Reyburn h

Director for Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Western Technical College

Kari is the Director for Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Western Technical College in LaCrosse, WI. She has been at Western Technical College since 2013, previously serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. She serves as the institution's liaison for Achieving the Dream, coordinates the institutional approach to tackling inequities and the college's racial equity gaps, oversees The Student Place of Action, Culture, and Empowerment (SPACE), campus food pantry and community-based learning experiences embedded into academic programs. Kari prides herself on her collaborative nature and bias for action while working with numerous campus and community partners to create a better student experience for all students, especially our underserved students. She is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and currently serves on the Great Rivers United Way board of directors.

Need accommodations?

If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in this activity, please send an email to ACCESS Collaborative at spss.osu@gmail.com. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Please note that this webinar will be live captioned.