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Boosting College Success Among Men of Color

11/8/2017
When: Wednesday, November 08, 2017
12PM - 1PM (MT)
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Brubaker
303-442-2524


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Presenter: Oscar S. Cerna, Research Associate, MDRC

Description: In both theory and practice, student supports loom large in the discussion of and in actions undertaken to increase postsecondary academic achievement for men of color. MDRC has catalogued four primary approaches in a recently released policy brief, “Boosting College Success Among Men of Color: Promising Approaches and Next Steps”. This presentation will provide context from the literature as it engages the audience in a review of these supports—academic advising/counseling; study skills training; leadership training; and mentoring—drawn from a scan of 82 two- and four-year post-secondary institutions across the nation.

Presenter Bio:
Oscar Cerna’s work at MDRC focuses on implementation research and program development at various community colleges across the country. He has been involved in several large-scale projects focused on student success initiatives, including Achieving the Dream, the University System of Georgia’s African American Male Initiative, the Adult Basic Education study, the Learning Communities Demonstration, and the Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration. As part of the Postsecondary Education policy area, Cerna serves as the project director for the Latino Academic Transfer and Institutional Degree Opportunities (LATIDO) project, which examines institutional initiatives that improve college outcomes for Latino college students attending Hispanic Serving Institutions in California. Prior to joining MDRC, Cerna conducted research and evaluation for WestEd, and for Bay Area Community Resources. A former community college graduate himself, Cerna transferred to UC Irvine as an undergraduate and continued on to graduate school at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

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