Congratulations to Esther Ramirios, a doctoral student in the College of Education, who has been accepted into the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative-University this year. Esther is a second-year student in our 2019 Community College/Postsecondary Education Leadership Cohort.
Esther’s proposal involves the development and implementation of an institutional framework for assessing the needs of parent scholars (PS) and parent scholars of color (PSOC) at CSUN to provide a stronger data infrastructure for underserved students. Here is how Easter has described her work. “Overall, I pitched working with the Office for Institutional Research to develop a new parent-scholar survey (or embed new questions into an existing data collection instrument) and have them administer it AND also working with a DOE faculty or Ethinic Studies professor to structure a parent collective group. I would lead the parent group and we'd meet monthly to work on an autobiographical "product" that described their experiences at CSUN and their needs. Then I'd combine both into a report or presentation and share it with stakeholders on campus to inform their efforts in recruitment, retention, and graduation around parent-scholars."