Professional Development Opportunity for Employees

Published: February 18, 2022

Center for Teaching and Learning is excited to welcome Dr. J. Luke Wood as this year’s keynote speaker for College of Western Idaho's (CWI) annual faculty professional development event. All CWI employees, including staff, are invited to participate in this virtual professional development opportunity, via Zoom, on Friday, March 4, from 9 – 11 a.m.

Dr. Wood is Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. As the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color, he will be presenting on "Underserved Students in Community Colleges: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities."

Underserved Students in Community Colleges: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Friday, March 4
9 – 11 a.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 978 3572 8368
Passcode: 188332

Presentation Summary: While community colleges have served as the primary pathway to postsecondary education for students who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in education, outcome gaps between these students and their peers persist. Thus, improving student success outcomes for underserved students and closing long-standing equity gaps are essential to meeting the nation’s goal of increasing the proportion of Americans who hold college degrees or certificates. This workshop unpacks societal and institutional factors that influence belonging, welcomeness to engage, and success for underserved students. Institutional actions for serving these students equitably and responsibly will be proposed and discussed.

Contact Casey Brown at with questions or to learn more.

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