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Panel Presentation of Parenting Students

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2018 GraduationMay 5th, 2018
Countdown to May 2018 Graduation!

“How Do They Do It?”

Join me next week as I moderate a panel discussion of working parents who have returned to school to complete an undergraduate degree or begin a graduate one.

Thursday, May 2, 2-3PM,

Redwood Shores Library Community Room.

Our panelists include:

Maria Sanchez, who is an artist and mother who also works full time as a research assistant at Stanford.  Maria has three children, two who are young adults and one who is in 7th grade.

Genna Armanini, who is NDNU’s 2013 student commencement speaker, works full time in marketing for a health care company.  She has a teenage stepdaughter, an eight year old son, and a four year old daughter.

Ysedra Mustiful is an Master’s student and community organizer who recently went to the White House representing her community’s position on gun control.  She also works closely with a teen mentoring program.  She has a ten year old daughter.

Also – just confirmed! – Dr Helen Marlo will also be joining us.  She founded a program called Mentoring Moms to help new mothers deal with all the issues surrounding having and raising a new baby. She began this with a faculty grant from NDNU, is a Dorothy Stang faculty scholar, and was recently featured in the San Mateo Times.


  1. K.S. says:

    I appreciate the topic and opportunity for these successful individuals to share their experiences, however, I find it ironic that the panel presentation is offered on a Thursday from 2-3pm. I work full time with a preschooler and a 7 year old that gets out of school at 3pm therefore, I cannot attend this particular talk. Since this topic speaks directly to my situation, I am disappointed.

  2. Thanks for the feedback. We debated the best time and struggled with it because in the end, there is no time that busy working parents are universally available. This initial conversation is timed to follow a currently existing parent/child event at the library and in the future we plan to try different times to be accommodating to all.

  3. Sylvia Baez says:

    Dr. Madden, I appreciate your personal interest in identifying and understanding the factors impacting this “non-traditional” college student population. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn my undergraduate degree at NDNU with quality instruction and faculty that care about the needs of their students!

    This is such an important area of study/research and of which I will be focusing on for my graduate field study (I just received approval!) in the fall. I hope to be able to attend this panel discussion.
    Sylvia Baez
    NDNU ’12

  4. Sylvia: It would be wonderful to see you and I look forward to hearing more about your research plans Warmly, Therese

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