COVID-19 Resources to Support Students, HS Counselors and Higher Ed Professionals

We are living in an unprecedented and stressful time. Now more than ever we need to support each other.  As students, schools and community organizations adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will share here resources and information we hope are helpful. Please send any additional information you would like us to share to info@stlouisgraduates.org.  Send questions too and we’ll try …

Brown Bag Virtual Lunches

Amidst the stay-at-home virtual environment, we are hosting regular Zoom calls for high school counselors and access advisers to connect with one another, learn updates, and share resources. Join us for our upcoming calls: June 12: Match & Fit strategies for students making Plan B decisions now July 31: Supporting students with Financial Aid appeals Aug 14: Advising in a …

Students Need Emergency Federal Aid in the face of COVID-19

Today’s students rely on college campuses for much more than classes – they rely on institutions for access to food, housing, work-study wages, and more. St. Louis Graduates joins Higher Learning Advocates and 50 other organizations across the country in urging Congress to support students through emergency legislation. We urge Congress to include the following in their COVID-19 package: Allow …

The Year of Return: A Study-Abroad Experience for Students of Color

In the fall, I co-led nine students of color on an eight-day excursion to Ghana. The trip was formally led by Dr. Emmanuel Balogun, assistant professor of International Relations and chair of the Global MA International Relations program at Webster University as part of an Introduction to Africana Studies course. The trip was the result of a multi-year initiative to …

Connecting Students to High Demand Career Pathways: Final PDI of 2019-20

Our final Professional Development Institute workshop of the year focused on postsecondary opportunities that connect students to high demand career pathways. Our program included a walking tour of the new health sciences building at STLCC and site visits focused on careers in finance, IT and advanced manufacturing. Friday, February 21, 2020  St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Materials from the workshop: …

PDI Workshop on Parent/Family Engagement

A capacity crowd participated in our Professional Development Institute Workshop on Parent and Family Engagement! Thanks to all who attended. Friday, January 24, 2020 Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being Materials: AGENDA Parent and Family Engagement PDI Jan 2020 Social Media Dos and Don’ts – Jess Pupillo, Mehlville School District presentation Cultural Competency handout – Shenekia Weeks, EducationPlus presentation Observations in …

Advancing Racial Equity in Higher Education Institute

What if the outcomes in higher education were no longer predictable by race or socio-economic status? Over two days in November, 85 administrators and more than 50 students from over a dozen colleges and universities came together in St. Louis to delve into data, examine strategies and plan for greater equity in higher education. Facilitating the two-day Advancing Racial Equity …

Professional Development Institute: Advising Students to Navigate High-Demand Career Pathways

This workshop took place on Friday, November 22. This year St. Louis Graduates and EducationPlus will hold two Professional Development Institute workshops on connecting students to career pathways. The November 22 workshop focused on tools, resources and strategies to help students plan for a postsecondary education that matches their career aspirations. Topics included building a culture in school that focuses …

Reviving Summer Bridge: UCM Revisits a Promising Practice in Promoting Equity

As Missouri heat and humidity swells, the stress that often accompanies college life also begins to rise as Central Summer Academy students at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) head into midterm…just 14 days after class began. It’s the afternoon. Students are clustered around tables with tutors and peer mentors. By now, the routine is fully established: Breakfast is followed …

Professional Development Institute: Financial Aid Advising for Student Success

Thank you to all who joined St. Louis Graduates, EducationPlus, MASFAP and counselor colleagues as we discussed effective ways to support students to make informed financial decisions in postsecondary planning. The workshop took place on September 13, 2019. Materials from the workshop: PDI Financial Aid 2019 Agenda Sample award ltr packet PDI Sept 13 Financial Aid PDI PPT FAFSAApp20-21 Now …