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Rise Up! Social Mobility Conference

Back row, from left: Taina Movete, David Collins, Jennifer Delaney
Middle: Jocelyn Morales
Front Row, from left: Iris Avalar, Rene Marfia, and Diana Espinosa-Osuna

Working with CollegeNET, NDNU hosted a conference earlier today called, “Rise Up! Guiding Students to Better Futures through Social Mobility.” The panels and speakers included a keynote speech by Dr. Lindsay Romasanta on “Changing conditions, culture, and care to advance student success and social mobility;” recognition of outstanding transfer students from multiple community college partners; a panel discussion on affording a private college education; a fascinating talk by Jim Wolfston, the CEO of CollegeNet on how transfer counselors can help restore the American dream; and a wonderful panel with the students pictured above in which they discussed what they wished their transfer counselors had told them (or asked them). Our deep gratitude to all involved for a wonderful conference!

Perhaps the most inspiring comment was made by Mr. Wolfston, who said that “the best universities aren’t the Ivy Leagues; they just promote the status quo. The best universities are places like NDNU because these are the places that are making a difference in social mobility, which is our best hope not just for a more just future for everyone, but for the very survival of our planet.”

It was a day to be proud of NDNU, especially of our students and alumni. They are the best inheritors of the legacy of NDNU’s founders – one of access to education that recognizes the transformative power of that experience.

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