Professional Development Institute 2020-21

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is virtual in 2020-21! All workshops are 60 minutes (unless otherwise noted) and focus on providing training, access to tools and resources, and connection to a professional network for high school counselors, college and career advisers, and youth-serving non-profit professionals. This year PDI is open to college access professionals serving students across Missouri and southern …

St. Louis Graduates welcomes new leadership!

St. Louis Graduates’ Steering Committee welcomes Trent Ball and Melissa Findley as Co-Chairs! Trent is Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity and Outreach at Southeast Missouri State University. Melissa is Executive Director of Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation. Dr. Alan Byrd of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Allison Williams of Wyman are transitioning out of the Co-Chair roles after …

Working Together Toward Justice and Equity

We are living in unprecedented times. How many times have we said or heard this in recent months? While the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed unprecedented in its scope and impact, racial injustice in this country is nothing new. The recent unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are tragic reminders. As a network of partners, St. Louis …

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

Please send any additional information you would like us to share to info@stlouisgraduates.org.  Send questions too and we’ll try to find answers. Stay well. Scholarship Central: Most applications for students entering college in Fall 2021 will open in January 2021 but students can start their Scholarship Central profile (general application) now Walk-through videos to help you fill out the general …

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. In August we will start our Professional Development Institute workshops for the year – all virtual and every other week! Join us for our upcoming virtual lunches: July 31 at 12 Noon: …

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 …

Postsecondary Equity Network

The Postsecondary Equity Network, convened by St. Louis Graduates, brings together colleagues from over a dozen colleges and universities to advance racial and socio-economic equity in higher education. Participants use an equity-mindedness framework to disaggregate data, analyze policy and practice, and engage leadership and students in creating systemic change. The Network stems from the Advancing Racial Equity Network Institute held …

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: …