Matt Newlin Speaking Event
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Keynote Session (60 minutes) – Are we truly a DEI-focused institution?
In recent years, colleges have begun using a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens to recruit students and promote an
“inclusive” campus environment. This is particularly true for first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students and, most recently,
students from rural communities. But are institutions truly engaging in a student-centered DEI experience from enrollment
through graduation/transfer? In this keynote session, Dr. Matt Newlin will share research and promising practices for helping
FGLI, rural, and other underserved populations enroll and thrive in college.
Breakout Session (60 minutes; presented twice) – Building students’ social & cultural capital: What can we do better?
The goal of this workshop is to introduce and examine the concepts of social and cultural capital and the disparate outcomes for
FGLI and rural students. After discussing the basic tenets of the theories, participants will spend time identifying ways East
Central College is currently preparing students for further education and the workforce. Participants will then brainstorm
tangible, practical ways the institution can improve or expand how they support FGLI and rural students.