Sept 7th

NCCPC Presents at NCAN 2022

NCCPC presents at the National College Attainment Network’s (NCAN)

“Advancing the Right to Postsecondary Attainment” Conference on September 12 in Atlanta, GA!

Source: Meredith Curry Nuñez, Executive Director of NCCPC

Event: NCAN is thrilled to plan for an in-person national conference in Atlanta, Georgia from Sept. 12-14, 2022. In recognition of the host city’s leadership in the civil rights movement, this year’s conference theme “Advancing the Right to Postsecondary Attainment” is guaranteed to deliver another motivating line-up of courageous lightning talks speakers, bold keynote plenaries, a range of personal and professional networking opportunities and high-quality learning through concurrent workshops, roundtable discussions, and spotlight sessions. 

The NCAN conference is the premiere professional development event in the field of postsecondary attainment for postsecondary access and success practitioners, leaders, and advocates from around the country.


NCCPC had the opportunity to be involved in two (2) sessions at NCAN:

  • Herding Cats: The power of goal-driven facilitation to move people and change systems on September 12, 2022
  • #HandsOffMyScholarship! Reasons to Center Student Voice and Get Involved in Advocacy Work on September 13, 2022

The Session

From September 12-14, NCCPC will participate in the National College Attainment Network’s (NCAN) 2022 Conference Advancing the Right to Postsecondary Attainment. My presentation on September 12 is Herding Cats: The power of goal-driven facilitation to move people and change systems.

During this session, NCCPC will showcase its toolkit to deliver impact to students and the field. Two case studies will demonstrate how different tools and tactics are used to drive advocacy locally and form data-sharing partnerships with colleges. We’ll practice using tools like agenda templates and checklists in a group activity to engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Effective facilitation of small and large groups, both local and cross-regional.
  2. How to get consistent engagement from organizations and leaders.
  3. How to effectively prepare for and support thoughtful, action-oriented discussions before, during, and after meetings.

“We need five things to achieve collective impact: A common agenda, a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. We at NCCPC are the backbone support that facilitates our members and working committees so that we can move from vision, to action, to impact.”

Meredith Curry Nuñez, NCCPC Executive Director

Photo credit: NCCPC

The Session

I had the honor of supporting and participating in the presentation on September 13 #HandsOffMyScholarship! Reasons to Center Student Voice and Get Involved in Advocacy Work.

“Hands Off My Scholarship!” is the rallying cry of students and college access professionals across the country who are calling on state leaders to ban scholarship displacement. It’s a widespread practice, yet students often are unaware when it happens to them. Is it happening to your students? Are you interested in centering student experiences and delving into advocacy work, but aren’t sure where to start? Join student advocates and college access professionals for a lively exchange of strategies and resources to do so.

This panel includes:

  • Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, Director of Higher Education, Public Advocates and Northern California College Promise Coalition Policy Founding Co-Chair
  • Jason Vazquez, Policy & Development Associate, Southern California College Attainment Network
  • Michele Waxman Johnson, CEO, Bold Thought Partners, LLC

Learning Outcomes:

  • A facilitation guide for student focus groups
  • A publication with concrete strategies to center student voice and encourage student advocacy
  • Sample toolkit on scholarship displacement


  • Penalizes students
  • Increases borrowing and reduces completion
  • Defies scholarship donor intent
  • Shows up in many forms


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