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The 365th Meeting of the State Board of Education

November 17, 2021: Virtual Meeting Location


8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Working Session

I. Council of Higher Education & Master Plan for Higher Education Advisory Committee

Call to Order: Dr. Jonathan Peri, Chair

Opening Remarks: Dr. Jonathan Peri, Chair

Approval of the Minutes: September 8, 2021 meeting


  • Erasing Equity Gaps to Increase Postsecondary Attainment in Pennsylvania: Dr. Tanya I. Garcia

Panel Discussions:

  • Strategies to Erase Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Access, Progression, and Completion
    • Panel 1: Learning from Peers in Other States and National Experts
      Moderator: Ms. Kate Potterfield, Marketing and Communications Director, Higher Ed Insight
      Mr. Joshua Frazier-Sparks, Director - Culture, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Walmart
      Steven Taylor, D.B.A. President, Foundation Board, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and Senior Fellow, Postsecondary Education, Charles Koch Institute + Stand Together
      Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President Center for First-generation Student Success, NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education)
    • Panel 2: Pennsylvania Institutions of Higher Education
      Moderator: Mr. Marcus Lingenfelter, Senior Vice President Policy & Advocacy, Cognia™
      Dr. Peggy Heim, Dean of Student Development, Equity and Inclusion, Lehigh-Carbon Community College
      Dr. Elizabeth Meade, President, Cedar Crest College
      Dr. Sue Mukherjee, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Student Success, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
      Dr. Clyde Pickett, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Pittsburgh
      Dr. Rita Tolliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost, Peirce College
    • Panel 3: Voice of Pennsylvania Students
      Moderator: Dr. Tanya I. Garcia, Acting Deputy Secretary and Commission for Postsecondary and Higher Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
      Ms. Ann Jachinowicz, Student, Holy Family University and Graduate of Philadelphia Community College
      Mr. Jeremiah Torres, Jr., Student, Lehigh-Carbon Community College

Discussion Item: Advisory Committee & Council Members

  • Strategic Priority 2: Erase Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Access, Progression, and Completion, by Race, Ethnicity, Income, Age, and Geography

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