BY Joe Saucedo, Senior Partnerships Manager With much of 2022 in the rearview mirror, it seems like an opportune time to reflect on all this collective group of...read more
PCC partners with colleges and universities leading campus-based, equity-driven change
The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) provides support to Illinois colleges and universities that are working to eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in degree completion on their campuses. Supports include: coaching and individual support, virtual and in-person conferences, webinars and workshops, equity academies for campus leaders, building capacity to utilize campus-level data that is close to practice, and supporting institutions in developing and implementing campus-based equity plans.
Twenty-five colleges and universities in Illinois are working closely with PCC to eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in degree completion on their campuses. Our first report of their progress will be released in 2022.
Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative
The Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative (ILEA) is PCC’s signature effort to spark and support ongoing institutional efforts to eliminate college completion disparities along racial and socioeconomic lines at public and private nonprofit 2- and 4-year colleges and universities across the state.Learn more
Developmental Education Reform Act (DERA) Project
DERA aims to address inequities in degree completion by race and income via the reformation of developmental education placement and delivery at Illinois higher education institutions.Read More
Other Practice Initiatives
Key partnerships and programming have led to the release of recommendations for best practices and the creation of communities of practice.Learn more
Our Resource Library of PCC tools for equity are tailored for our partners and others in this space. The resources available include webinar recordings, event recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and related articles.Learn more
Meet the College and University Partnerships Team
Senior Partnerships Manager
I help design strategies, coordinate professional learning opportunities for staff and faculty, and provide coaching supports to our college and university partners to help them achieve equitable outcomes. I also serve as the point person for ILEA on Summit, Equity Institute, Equity Circles for Change, PDP and Newsletter.
I believe we have an obligation to create student-ready institutions to support today’s students. We need to shift our thinking and focus policies and practices with an equity lens for all students, especially Black, Latinx and low-income so that their path to completion is clearly defined and supported.
I spent 30 years working in HE across all sectors and areas such as advising, enrollment management, transfer student services and one stop services before coming to the PCC. I have been with the ILEA Initiative since the start, am a former CC student and a proud Bradley University alum.
Senior Partnerships Manager
As part of the College and University Partnerships team, I bring my depth of direct student services, social justice education, and other professional experiences to bear on guiding higher education teams toward centering Black, Latinx, and economically-disadvantaged students in their decision-making. I curate learning and development opportunities driven by evidence-based practices and institutional gaps in serving students appropriately.
The work of interrupting the systemic exclusion of economically-disadvantaged and racial-minoritized communities is ongoing. The stories shared among the students that our nonprofit strives to uplift resonate with me on a personal level. I choose to engage the work of equity and organizational change because our students throughout Illinois deserve better.
My village of support has origins in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, and extends across the country. As a proud Mexican American with parents who never earned a college degree, my journey toward PCC was nonlinear and supported by a legacy of hard work, resilience, and love.
My work allows me to support equitable implementation practices of state legislation for students participating in developmental education courses. Partnering with state coordinating agencies such as ICCB and IBHE to build collaborative support programs to uplift scaling practices at colleges and universities in Illinois, specifically those utilizing Corequisite scaling models.
As a higher education professional, I have witnessed the inequities students face when trying to attain a postsecondary education certification and degree. This work allows me to be an advocate for change and inform key stakeholders at the faculty and administration level on how they can be more intentional about supporting student needs.
I have worked in the higher education setting since my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and went on to pursue a Masters degree in Education with a specialty in College Counseling and Student Affairs.
Equity Program Manager
As the Equity Program Manager, I implement equity-centered coaching and support to our college and university partners that are working on institutional change to ensure equitable outcomes for students, faculty, and staff. I facilitate professional opportunities to promote a community of practice that promotes evidence based practices to advance equity in higher education.
I have seen firsthand the detrimental effects of structural racism and inequities that hinder the educational and social advancement of diverse first generation college students and the BIPOC community. At PCC, I have the opportunity to work towards equity and justice in higher education while having a greater impact in society.
I earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. My work has focused on improving the campus racial climate for diverse students while offering them holistic advising to reach their aspirations. As a proud Latina and a TRIO Alumni, my passion is to advance racial and socioeconomic equity for diverse first generation college students.
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