Student Reflections: Belonging in Higher Ed

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Higher education is proven to correlate with better health, higher earnings, and greater job security; however, research shows that gaps in degree attainment persist for students from under-resourced communities. The goal of this session is to elevate students’ perspectives on how a sense of belonging in college impacts their ability to succeed. During this session, a panel of current students will discuss how colleges can create an environment that is supportive of underrepresented students.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Jessica Cobian

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) / Princeton University

Heidy Mejia-Puerta

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) / Brown University

Eric Waldo

Reach Higher

Will Walker

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) / The University of Richmond







Higher Education


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