November Community Chat: 11/18/21

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!

November 2021 Chat

Campus Support for Student Parents at Western Colleges and Universities: Early Findings from Regionally Comprehensive Research

November 18, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

This presentation shared the early findings and research experiences and observations of the Supporting Students on Campus/Find Your Way Research Project for the Pacific Western Region. This participatory action research project engages student parents as research-into-action fellows, to collect regionally comprehensive data on campus supports for student parents using a carefully designed data collection protocol and data collection procedures that assess a wide range of institutional programs, policies, strategies, and practices that promote college access, inclusion and success for pregnant and parenting college students. In this community chat, two student fellows presented their findings and experiences with the data collection process in the Pacific Western Region and engaged in wider discussions of what colleges and universities should consider and adopt to better support their student parents.

Corresponding Presenter

Dr. Autumn Green h

Wellesley College Centers for Women/ Director of the Higher Education Access for Student Parents Research Initiative

Dr. Autumn R. Green is Director of the Higher Education Access for Student Parents Research Initiative at Wellesley Centers for Women, and also serves as a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute's Income and Benefits Policy Center. Dr. Green founded and leads the Supporting Student Parents on Campus/Find Your Way Research Project, which she developed in collaboration and partnership with student parents in response to the need for comprehensive data and resource referral information about available college/university support services and programs for student parents. Dr. Green is a student parent alumna of Boston College (MA '07, PhD '13), Lesley University (M.ED. '18), University of Oregon ('03) and Chemeketa Community College ('01), who raised her two now young adult daughters as a low-income student mom.

Lead Presenters

Grace Yoo h

University of Hawaii/ Research Fellow

Grace Yoo is an undergraduate political science major at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She currently serves as a Research Fellow on the Supporting Student Parents on Campus/Find Your Way Pacific Western Region project, through which she has been actively researching the programs, policies, and practices that create supportive family friendly campuses for student parents and their children, including which colleges and universities on the West Coast are, and are not, family friendly. Through this work Grace has been discovering how deeply this information can be buried in college and university websites, making it difficult to find for both researchers and for student parents! She is also a current contributor to the Urban Institute's Student Parents at the Center Policy Leadership Council. Grace served as Director of the United Korean Association of Hawaii (2020-2021), and worked as legislative staff at the Hawaii State Capitol in 2020. Grace also currently works as a student assistant for the National Student Exchange program.

Kiele Lehel h

University of Hawaii/Teacher, Student, Advocate

Kiele Lehel is a driven young teacher, passionate about education. While working in the field she submitted testimony to legislation advocating for policy change for families and education in Hawaiʻi. After completing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Honolulu Community College she decided to pursue a Bachelorʻs Degree with a focus on special education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Being a single parent, Kiele was introduced to the Bridge to Hope Program which led to her work on the Supporting Student Parents on Campus/Find Your Way Research Project. Her resolve to inspire young learners has only been amplified since becoming a mother. Kiele's daughter, now 2 years old, has been a driving force in her desire to complete her education and be a community voice for families and children.

Supporting Presenters

Sarah Galison h

Wellesley Centers for Women/Research Associate

Sarah Galison, MSW, is a research associate at the Wellesley Centers for Women, where she works with Autumn Green, Ph.D., on the Higher Education Access for Student Parents Research Initiative. Sarah served as a lead researcher for the Campus Family Housing Database from 2015-2019, and currently coordinates the Supporting Student Parents on Campus/Find Your Way Research Project. Sarah has also interned at Jeremiah Program in Boston and participated in a student parent working group with Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Sarah completed her high school, undergraduate, and graduate studies as a young mother, and also completed her final year of graduate school while pregnant with her second child.

Teresa Bill h

Bridge to Hope Program/ Director

Teresa Bill, MA, is Director of Hawaii's statewide Bridge to Hope Program, a partnership supporting TANF and First-to-Work eligible student parents attending Hawaii's ten public college and university campuses, and also co-leads Student Parents at Manoa (SPAM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Teresa is also the Region VI Representative for NASPA's Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community, served on the Advisory Board for the National Center for Student Parent Programs, has served on multiple Institute for Women's Policy Research advisory, planning, and working groups, and received an Honorable Mention for the American Association of University Women's “Diversity in Education” Award. She holds a Master's Degree in American Studies from Brown University and a Bachelor's Degree from the Evergreen State College.

Need accommodations?

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

Please note that this webinar will be live captioned.