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Dear partners and innovators, 

Our BRIDGES Rural team has had a busy 2022 visiting our partner community colleges across the country. That tour culminated in a final Summer Convening on July 19-20, when members of our college design teams gathered in Geneva, New York, to talk about their pilot projects and next steps forward (including the Rural Education Community of Practice, which is open to all to join).

We are so grateful to all of our college partners; our funder, Ascendium; and especially our friends at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC), who hosted the Convening.

While we were in the Finger Lakes region, we shopped at Wegmans (best grocery store ever?)  ... and sipped rosé and riesling made by student winemakers at FLCC's Viticulture and Wine Center. We also captured a few highlights in this brief video ... which features a boat ride on Seneca Lake! 

Watch the 2-minute highlight reel
Want to learn more about the BRIDGES Rural pilot programs? They are all explained in our Insights Brief.   📺  This 3-minute video explains the innovative Growing Rural Infrastructure Together (GRIT) program at Finger Lakes Community College. 
During the Convening, we asked our creative BRIDGES Rural design partners: What tips are you excited to share with other rural colleges? We posted 5 of our favorites on LinkedIn.
For your podcast playlist
Dr. Leslie Daugherty, Senior Education Designer and project lead on BRIDGES Rural, is a featured guest in a recent episode of the Rural College Student Experience podcast. Leslie joins Dr. Matt Newlin and co-host Liz Soellner, a rising junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to talk about how institutions serving rural students are working to drive change to create more equitable pathways for students.
Listen to the podcast
Rural Education Community of Practice
Want to share more resources +  tips like these? You’re invited to join our Rural Education Community of Practice hub, which will serve as a space for powerful thought partnership, collaboration, and collective impact to support all rural learners to reach their desired futures and thrive.
Join our Rural Community of Practice
Welcome, Mariza June Avila!
Mariza June Avila (she/her) joins the Lab as the Associate Designer for Visual Design + Impact.  As the only child of Filipino immigrants, Mariza grew up navigating the American educational system without a guidebook. In her role, Mariza is excited to bring this experience to the forefront, designing a more equitable and accessible path to higher education and beyond.

Mariza holds an associate degree in Art from Montgomery College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. When not working, she’s either singing, training to be the very best like no one ever was, or working on her fitness. Connect with her on LinkedIn
Learn more about Mariza
Vote for community colleges at SXSW EDU!
Help community colleges get on stage at #SXSWEDU by voting for the Lab's session: Community Colleges: A Gateway to the Future. Public voting makes up 30% of the decision! Our panel of innovative speakers will include:
  • Lee Lambert, Chancellor, Pima Community College
  • Dr. Falecia D. Williams, Ed.D., President, Prince George's Community College
  • Lisa Larson, Head the Community College Growth Engine Fund, Education Design Lab
  • Olivia Sanchez, Higher Ed reporter, The Hechinger Report
Vote by Aug. 21
Webinar: Support Structures for Adult Learners
Register now for the latest webinar in the Presidents Forum's Advancing Adult Learner Success series in partnership with NASPA.

Support Structures for Adult Learners
Monday, Aug. 22,  1 to 2 p.m. ET.
Speakers include: 
  • Vinice Davis, Venture Partners, Imaginable Futures
  • Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA
  • Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Ruth Bauer White, President, InsideTrack

Lab Founder Kathleen deLaski was a featured speaker in the May 19 webinar: “Regaining Learners Trust: Strategies for Adult Student Enrollment.”  📺  Watch the recording.
Register for the Aug. 22 webinar
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