Today our guest is Dr. Laura Owen. We talk to Dr. Owen about centering and celebrating student and family voices as we work to support them in their education. She shares some of the things that they have learned from listening to students, and how the pandemic has impacted them specifically when it comes to college enrollment. Dr. Owen highlights the need to include student voice as we plan, and build programs to support students in their post-secondary plans, and she shares the fast-growing impact that they are seeing in this work.
Dr. Laura Owen is the Executive Director for the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University. A prior urban school counselor and district counseling supervisor, she is a passionate advocate for closing college opportunity gaps. Her research focuses on evaluating the impact of interventions and programs designed to address the systems, structures and policies that drive equitable access to high quality postsecondary advising support. Laura has researched interventions targeting FAFSA completion, the high school to college transition, virtual advising, the use of technology in college counseling, and how students prefer to receive college and career information.
Follow Dr. Owen's work on Twitter - @sdsucepa