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Supporting Students with Care and Innovation

According to a recent study on the basic needs of college students, over 33 percent of university students and over 50 percent of community college students are dealing with food insecurity. Further, 14 percent of community college students have experienced homelessness in the last 12 months (Goldrick-Rab, Richardson, and Hernandez, 2017). This lack of basic needs threatens the well-being of these students, which, in turn, negatively affects their ability to be successful in the classroom.

Far too many of our students deal with, or have dealt with:

○ Food insecurity
○ Homelessness
○ insufficient income
○ Unreliable transportation
○ Inadequate or no healthcare
○ Need to work multiple jobs
○ Lack of affordable childcare options
○ Overcoming barriers to Mental Health

These social issues have been amplified in recent years, and most colleges are not equipped to assist students with the challenges these issues present. To combat these issues, it is critical that colleges partner with community agencies to leverage their expertise. This year's Moving the Needle Conference will have three tracks which will focus on ways we can assist more students in overcoming the challenges presented by these social issues.

Conference Tracks


Topics include:

○ Improving equity and meeting students

   where they are

○ Holistic assessment of students -

   recognizing need and expressing empathy
○ Proactive ways to share resources with

○ Helping students of color succeed in the

○ Tips for reaching out to students in ways

   that respect their needs
○ Incorporating relevant work experience and

   soft skills in the classroom


Topics include:

       ○ High-impact practices and programs

          colleges deploy to increase student

          engagement and retention
       ○ Reducing unnecessary barriers to

          enrollment and retention
       ○ Fostering relationships between

          institutions, students, and outside

          agencies to expand wrap-around

       ○ Successful student engagement

          practices in both on-campus and online
       ○ Creating financial aid awareness and

          reducing college debt


Topics include:

       ○ Existing partnerships between external

          partners (for profit, not for-profit, and

          faith-based organizations) and colleges

          that are making a difference in the

          lives of students
       ○ Using partnerships to leverage shared

           resources and expand grant

       ○ Advancing the Completion agenda

          through Local College Access           

          Networks (LCANs)
       ○ Successful articulation strategies that

          lead to clearer educational pathways,

          accelerate completion, and improve 


2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Russell Lowery-HarT

President, Amarillo College

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
Founder/CEO, Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC

Dr. Tonjua williams
President, St. Petersburg College

Josh Wyner
Founder and Executive Director, College
Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute

Conference Location

St. Petersburg College
Seminole Campus

9200 113th St.
Seminole, FL 33772

Hotel Information

Make sure to ask for the Moving the Needle Group Rate when contacting the hotel.

Marriott Courtyard Madeira Beach
601 American Legion Dr.
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
$139 per night

Holiday Inn Bay Pines

4816 100th Way N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

$129 per night

Holiday Inn Harbourside
401 2nd St.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

$125 per night

Conference Location

St. Petersburg College
Seminole Campus

9200 113th St.
Seminole, FL 33772

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Special Thanks To Our 2018 Conference Sponsors


"I'm excited to say I've never seen anything that in-depth. To actually have, at one time, so many people sit down and focus on the overall idea of how to implement and change the overall scope of student success."

Conference Attendee

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