amNY: Helping student parents stay on track

Felix V. Matos Rodriguez | July 29, 2022 | Ascend Fellowship, Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents, Media Mentions

In an op-ed for amNY.com, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez shares insights and reflections on how higher ed can make a difference for families by supporting student parents.

We know that when we help student parents stay on track, their children are also the beneficiaries. This is something I’ve learned through my longtime involvement with the Aspen Institute’s Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative. With that in mind, we use Aspen’s carefully crafted two-generation (“2-gen”) approach, working with parents and their children together to promote a pattern of multigenerational success.

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