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May 10, 2021

Bridges to Success Equity Webinar focuses on community and technical colleges
White paper highlights mental health on college campuses


The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) will host a webinar, Thursday, May 13, as part of its Bridges to Success Equity Webinar series.

InsideTrack, an organization that has provided support for higher education institutions for 20 years, will give a virtual presentation on meeting the needs of Missouri’s community and technical colleges.

Thursday’s webinar is the latest in a series of monthly presentations given by educators and advocates aimed at promoting equity throughout Missouri’s colleges and universities.

MDHEWD’s Office of Postsecondary Policy recently published a corresponding white paper on inequities in student mental health services.

“Technical and community colleges play a vital role in higher education in Missouri,” said Dr. Mara Woody, assistant commissioner of the office of postsecondary policy. “Not only do these schools prioritize the state’s workforce needs, but they also provide low-cost, high-quality education and serve students who may be typically underrepresented at four-year universities.”

The corresponding white paper covers the mental health crisis on college campuses, the ways in which it was exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how schools can use technology to find solutions. 

Monthly equity webinars have been offered since September 2020. Next month’s webinar will be held June 10.  Download the recent white paper, register for the upcoming webinar, and view recordings of past webinars at https://dhewd.mo.gov/equity_project.php.

About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.