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NSF COVID DEI Challenge
First Place: Laredo Community College, TX
Due to the pandemic, Laredo College identified and addressed factors impacting student success including mental health, accessibility to technology, and familial and work obligations. As an institution, we implemented various programs and strategies that would address issues of mental health, accessibility to technology, and familial and work obligations to help students succeed. The programs included: wi-fi accessibility, online orientation, STARS referral form, LEAPS: POWER, textbook assistance, childcare services, and tuition discounts. Laredo College is focused on cultivating a learning, teaching, and working environment that facilitates student success and promotes institutional excellence. The importance of addressing these initiatives is it has helped improve enrollment rates and address issues in diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM by examining the student population at the institution.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Foundation under grant HRD-1818635. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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