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Catalyze Webinar #4


Monday, May 17, 2021
2:00 p.m. CST




Through work with the College Possible Catalyze program and the NCAN Advocacy Fellowship, we are elevating our students’ voices in policy discussions and community conversations around college persistence.

This webinar will start at the micro-level focusing on our two student fellows; honing in on their journeys, the mechanisms that helped them persist, and the hidden barriers that continue to challenge their (and other students’) persistence. We will then engage with one of our Catalyze coaches zooming out to focus more holistically on the hidden barriers they have seen students overcome. Closing with a macro-level view of the landscape impacting our student’s persistence and a call to action. We hope that as nonprofits and institutions respond to their student’s needs, given an exceptionally turbulent time, they consider actions that address deeper inequities faced by historically marginalized students both on campus and in the larger system.

At the end of the session, an open question and answers portion will allow the community to engage directly with our students, coach, and key expert.


  • Edgar Montoya, Senior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 2020-21 Student Advocacy Fellow; College Possible Omaha Student
  • Jewel Fletcher, Freshman at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology; 2020-21 Student Advocacy Fellow; College Possible Catalyze Student
  • Norma Zheng, Catalyze Coach at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Ashley C. Rondini, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Franklin & Marshall College

Click here to request recordings of our previous webinars.


College Possible is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by empowering students from low-income backgrounds to become college graduates. Through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support, students receive the tools and resources they need to earn admission to college and graduate. Since its founding in Saint Paul in 2000, 99% of College Possible students have been admitted to college. Overall, they are three times more likely to earn a college degree than their low-income peers.

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