Reconnect to Move Forward

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September 24, 2020
Impact on Higher Education and the Future of Work

October 15, 2020
A Digitally Inclusive North Carolina

October 29, 2020
Mental Health & Well-Being

COVID-19 is changing the way we live, learn, work, and play. Our people and organizations are forced to chart paths through the present and into the future based on confusing and sometimes contradictory information, with consequences that will reshape lives. It’s a daunting challenge and a tremendous opportunity. This fall the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) will highlight the people struggling to lead in these troubling times and look for emerging solutions that can meet the moment and position us to move forward into a better future.

Similar to our past convenings, these meetings will create a space for national, state, and local leaders and community members to critically analyze and discuss what is working well and acknowledge what is not. Each meeting will be interactive and will identify behaviors, strategies, or policy ideas that increase equity and inclusion.

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The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) has scholarships available for those interested
who identify ticket price affordability as a barrier to participation.  

The scholarships will provide free admission to the virtual event. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For Impact on Higher Education & The Future of Work, the deadline to apply is Sunday, September 20, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their recipient status by Monday, September 21, 2020. For A Digitally Inclusive North Carolina, the deadline to apply is Sunday, October 11, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their recipient status by Monday, October 12, 2020. For Mental Health and Well-Being, the deadline to apply is Sunday, October 25, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their recipient status by Monday, October 26, 2020.  

To apply for a scholarship, click here

For more information: please contact IEI Staff at 919-515-7741 or emergingissues@ncsu.edu


Impact on Higher Education and the Future of Work

Thursday, September 24, 2020 

In 2019 the state of North Carolina adopted a bold new goal to dramatically increase the number of North Carolinians with a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2030. Then…a pandemic happened, leaving hundreds of thousands of existing workers unemployed and hundreds of thousands of students uncertain about their future. Whole sectors of the economy are shutting down. The way people work, and learn, is changing. Even as higher education fights its way through the current crisis, new ideas are emerging — about increasing affordability, shrinking the achievement gap, synching degrees and credentials with demand, improving collaborations between higher education, the private sector and community groups and growing future leaders with the skills to chart a new course into the future.

This meeting will examine what we are learning about the impact of COVID-19 in higher education and how colleges and universities are adapting in the near-term to meet the needs of students in an inclusive and equitable way. We’ll also hear about how institutions of higher education are reimagining future approaches to support students, businesses and their communities.

The North State’s North Star
In 2019 the state of North Carolina adopted a bold new goal to dramatically increase the number of North Carolinians with a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2030. Then…a pandemic happened, leaving hundreds of thousands of existing workers unemployed and hundreds of thousands of students uncertain about their future. Whole sectors of the economy are shutting down. The way people work, and learn, is changing. Even as higher education fights its way through the current crisis, new ideas are emerging — about increasing affordability, shrinking the achievement gap, synching degrees and credentials with demand, improving collaborations between higher education, the private sector and community groups and growing future leaders with the skills to chart a new course into the future.

Speakers

  • Leslie Boney | Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
  • Carol Quillen | President, Davidson College
  • Peter Hans | President, University of North Carolina System
  • Hope Williams | President, NC Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Bill Carver | Interim President, NC Community College System

Discussion Sessions
These active engagement sessions are a space for participants to share stories, information, and resources and learn from others across different sectors, regions and perspectives to explore how trends and the onset of COVID-19 are impacting higher education across North Carolina. These sessions will be facilitated by IEI staff but driven by participants. The more diverse the audience, the richer the discussion.

  • Complete.edu: Despite decades of effort, jarring “achievement gaps” remain when it comes to college enrollment and degree completion, especially among students of color, students from rural communities and first generation students. The stresses of the pandemic may exacerbate these challenges or offer new opportunities. What are we discovering about how to improve access, affordability and completion?
  • Future U: Technological change and the nature of work continues to evolve. Some jobs are disappearing and others are emerging: COVID-19 is only accelerating the rate of change. How can we strengthen partnerships between education and employers to ensure that degrees and credentials are aligned with what employers need? And how can employers best support the reskilling of their workforce?
  • Civic Leadership: Campus to Community During and following the pandemic communities face both long-term and new challenges within and across racial and ethnic divides. Colleges and universities have many assets that make them uniquely positioned to offer support. How can higher education best support communities and raise up a new generation of servant leaders to take on these challenges? How is civic engagement programming changing as campuses move virtual and what are the biggest challenges and opportunities?
  • Open Space Circus Higher Ed Discussion: A space to discuss other topics that meeting participants want to address. Bring your ideas, observations, passion, and anxieties. Consider this the hallway, the backroom, that place to really talk.

Sharing Assembly
This session will feature higher education students who will share how they are feeling in this moment, what they need from the higher education system in order to succeed, and offer key takeaways from each of the listening sessions.

Speakers

  • Leslie Garvin | Executive Director, NC Campus Compact
  • Jason Fyle | AB Tech, Class of 2021, AAS HVAC
  • Melanie Flowers | NC State University, Class of 2021, BS Communication, (concentrated in) Public Relations
  • Dametri S. Pratt | Fayetteville State University, Class of 2023, BS in Psychology

Leading in Transformation
Higher education leaders are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 today, even while adapting and innovating to meet the needs of the future.

Speakers

  • Randy Woodson | Chancellor, NC State University
  • Kim A. Wilcox | Chancellor, University of California, Riverside
  • William Serrata | President of El Paso County Community College District

A Vision for the Future
Transformation is coming and we can either roll with it or lead it. It will require a transformational mindset, and these remarks will speak to the five key elements of transformation in education, highlight examples of transformation in higher education across the nation and learn how students are responding.

Speaker

  • Kelly Young | President, Education Reimagined

Closing

Speaker

  • Leslie Boney | Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

Thank you to our meeting sponsors: Higher Ed Works, NC Independent Colleges and Universities, John M Belk Endowment

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A Digitally Inclusive North Carolina

October 15, 2020   |   9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m

COVID-19 is exposing the digital divide in North Carolina and its consequences for all of us. Students and adults who don’t have access to the internet, don’t have a computer or laptop or don’t know how to use them – for education, work, health, or connection – are at an impossible disadvantage. It’s clear that access to the Internet is a lifeline. Great strides have been made in recent months to bridge the digital divide across the state and nation, but not all are equitable or sustainable in the long-term. 

This meeting will highlight the changing landscape of digital inclusion in North Carolina since the February 10, 2020, Emerging Issues Forum, ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity, and what partnerships and investments are needed to ensure that all communities across, regardless of race, income, or geography, have access to this critical lifeline now. With an ever-changing technological landscape, we’ll also discuss how to ensure flexibility to meet our future digital needs. 

Thank you to our meeting sponsors:

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Mental Health & Well-Being

October 29, 2020   |   9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m

While everyone may not contract COVID-19, everyone’s mental well-being has been affected in some way by the pandemic. In addition to clinical mental health, many are experiencing loneliness, grief, and anger–whether from job loss, disconnection from family and social networks, or from societal inequities and COVID’s disproportionate impact on communities of color. Recent data reveals that adults experiencing signs of serious mental illness have increased eight-fold from 3.4% in 2018 to (28% during the pandemic). Young people are also being impacted during a crucial period of their development — missing their teachers and friends, and big life milestones.

This meeting will examine the increase in mental health challenges as a result of COVID-19 and how we address near-term needs while building support systems to thrive in a post-pandemic world. 

Thank you to our meeting sponsors:

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SERIES SPONSORS

Sponsors for ReCONNECT to Move Forward