Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in the Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center
The Palo Alto College Advocacy Summit focuses on the needs of college students outside the classroom and what institutions and organizations can do to help students achieve success in school and life. Attendees will learn about removing non-academic barriers to ensure students can be successful both academically and personally.
This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is now closed; on-site registration will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.
Beginning in Spring 2015, Palo Alto College developed an Advocacy Task Force which focused on discovering the needs of our students outside of the classroom (see Advocacy Survey Research Brief (PDF)). Based on this information, the task force made recommendations on how the College could meet those needs. In December 2016, the Student Health Advocacy Resource and Engagement (S.H.A.R.E.) Center opened, providing students with a food pantry, clothes closet, emergency aid, financial wellness, career readiness, social services, health and wellness services, and personal counseling. Since its opening, the S.H.A.R.E. Center has provided over 5,500 services to over 2,500 students, and preliminary data indicates that the students who access services within the S.H.A.R.E. Center perform better and persist to the next semester.
The Advocacy Summit is part of the long-term plan to promote advocacy at Palo Alto College and the surrounding community.