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Talk: Enhancing Student Parent Success in Higher Education

November 17, 2020 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Brianne A. Dávila ’04, Associate Professor of Sociology, CalPoly Pomona

Tuesday, November 17, 9:15-10:30 PST


Although limited research exists that explores student parents’ struggles and strengths, most of the research comes from two-year institutions (Gault, Noll, & Reichlin, 2016). There is limited information on the experiences of student parents in four-year institutions. At Cal Poly Pomona, no data is currently retrieved to identify how many student parents are enrolled and despite a general sense of support, there are no strategic collaborative efforts to enhance the educational success of student parents. This project aims to address these issues. To do so, we conducted 75 semi-structured in-depth interviews with student parents who attend Cal Poly Pomona. Eligibility criteria included identifying as a student parent, being at least 18 years old, and having attended CPP for at least two terms. Demographic information sheets were completed by each participant prior to the start of the interview, which have been used to gain a better sense of the student parent population at CPP. Our research findings informed applications to external (CCAMPIS) and internal (Student Success Grant) funding opportunities to improve university services to support student parent success.  The CCAMPIS grant awarded $1.3 million to the Division of Student Affairs, which will add infant care, expand toddler care, pilot evening care, support additional staff, furnish classrooms, upgrade facilities, and provide professional development to teachers at the Children’s Center on campus, which primarily serves student parents.  The student success grant awarded by the Office of Student Success provided $25k to develop a family-friendly study area in the University Library, a dedicated study area for student parents and other caregivers to bring their children while they study on campus.  We continue to draw upon our research findings in order to enhance student parent success in higher education.

About the speaker:

Brianne A. Dávila ’04 is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of sociology of education, Latina/o sociology, and social inequality.  Dr. Dávila also has research experience as an applied sociologist having previously worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. Through her teaching, research, and service, Dr. Dávila strives to demonstrate a commitment to issues of educational access and equity, community-based learning, and social justice.  She earned her doctorate in Sociology and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She has a master’s from the same program and received a bachelor’s in Sociology with a Spanish minor from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.  Outside of the classroom and halls of the university, Dr. Dávila enjoys spending time with her many family members, playing and reading with her sons, going on walks in nature, and traveling.

Generous support from the Agnes Moreland Jackson Diversity Program Fund, and the Campus Life Committee has made this event possible.


November 17, 2020
9:15 am - 10:30 am
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CA United States


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