April 21

1:00 - 3:00 pm, ET

1:00 pm


1:05 pm

Keynote Interview: The Opportunities in the Inequity

Jesmyn Ward, a two-time National Book Award winner, discusses the social and racial inequities exposed by the pandemic and how she explores those experiences through the characters in her novels.

Speaker: Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award Winner, Professor of Creative Writing, Tulane University

Moderator: Sarah Brown, Senior Reporter, The Chronicle

1:30 pm

Insights Panel: The Students of 2021 — and Beyond

Student demographics are shifting, pushing colleges to redefine their educational and social missions. In this panel, experts discuss how to engage students, foster their growth, and equip them to succeed.


Cathy N. Davidson, Professor of English, Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare for a World in Flux

Anthony A. Jack, Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

Moderator:  Sara Lipka, Assistant Managing Editor, The Chronicle

2:00 pm

Sponsor Case Study: Transforming the Student Experience at Tallahassee Community College

Shane Topping, Director of Product Marketing at Workday, discusses the changes that Tallahassee Community College implemented to enhance the student experience.


Shane Topping, Product Marketing Director, Workday

Bret Ingerman, Vice President for Information Technology, Tallahassee Community College

2:20 pm

Advice Panel: The Future of Student Success

As colleges seek to serve different populations, college leaders must develop new strategies to reach them. In this panel, a college leader, a student-success expert, and a student association president offer key advice.


Aidan Arasasingham, President, University of California Student Association

DeRionne Pollard, President, Montgomery College

Timothy Renick, Executive Director, the National Institute for Student Success, Georgia State University

Moderator: Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez, Newsletter Product Manager, The Chronicle

3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

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DAY 2: April 21

Reimagining the Student Experience

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