Advising Community for Students with Experiences in the Foster Care System

Students with experience in the foster care system attend, are retained, and graduate college at a significantly lower rate than their peers. They encounter substantial barriers to their education, including homelessness, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a lack of support financially and in making decisions to transition into adulthood.  Experiences in the foster care system are more common among individuals of color and persons who identify themselves within the LGBTQ+ community; contributions to this field of expertise responds to issues of access to education and equity of educational opportunities. An Advising Community to support students with experiences in the foster care system aims to provide a network of resources for advisors who are interested in helping these students reach their academic and career goals. 

Past Online Discussions

May 2020
Assessing Basic Needs: Opportunities (Yes, Opportunities!) for Institutions, Advisors and Students to Connect in a Time of Crisis and Change

Panelists included Chair, Amy Sosanko from Community College of Allegheny County, Joe Murray from Florida Atlantic University and Kathleen Vancheri from Passaic County Community College

Description: During the COVID-19 pandemic, students with experience in the foster care system, or any student in crisis, may be struggling to stay connected and feel supported by their college campuses. Join us for a conversation about community and college resources, sharing what is working at our schools and roadblocks that need addressed.

Jasmine Moore, Florida Atlantic University
Kasandrea Sereno, University of South Florida
Kathleen Vancheri, Passaic County Community College
Elizabeth Marion, Prairie View A&M University
Rachel Ruic, Kent State University
BriAnne Danielson, Herzing University
Rich Doria, Bunker Hill Community College

Current Chair

Kasandrea Sereno
Tulsa Community College
Current Term: 2022-2024