Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Talent Podcast

Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Talent

Lumina Foundation presents conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders in the field of education and training after high school. Hear from people working to attract, retain, and cultivate the talent America needs for the 21st century.

The Mental Health Crisis and Higher Education

May 24, 2022

A new study conducted by Gallup and Lumina Foundation found that three-fourths of students in bachelor’s programs and two-thirds of adults seeking associate degrees have considered taking a break from college due to emotional stress. Dr. Zainab Okolo of Lumina discusses the growing mental health crisis across the country and explores how it is having a great impact on adults and students of color. Dr. Jo Blondin, president of Clark State College, discusses how they are supporting students, staff, and faculty through a culture of care.

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Episode 34

The Power of State Networks

April 26, 2022

Aligning the work of state agencies, colleges, universities, community organizations, and philanthropy towards common goals takes trust, a neutral intermediary, and a focus on what is best for students. State-level networks across the country are leading efforts to make their state’s education and workforce systems better.   READ MORE

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Episode 33

Racial Equity in Higher Education Policy

Feb. 22, 2022

Lumina’s Scott Jenkins and Commissioner Carlos Santiago of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education discuss the processes, principles, and policy ideas that advance racial equity in higher education.  READ MORE

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Episode 32

2021 Wrap Up

Jan. 19, 2022

Join us as we wrap up the major higher ed news from 2021 with Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post, Elissa Nadworny of NPR, and Katherine Wheatle of Lumina Foundation. Together, we talk about the important and sometimes strange stories inside higher education, and consider themes to watch for in 2022.   READ MORE

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Episode 31

Telling Our Own Stories

Nov. 16, 2021

Go beyond the scenes with the team of Native American journalists and photographers that produced Native Excellence, the Fall 2021 issue of Focus Magazine. Suzette Brewer and Hondo Louis talk about their process, reporting during the pandemic, and about the importance of Native American representation in journalism.   READ MORE

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Episode 30

The current state of campus policing

Oct. 19, 2021

In this episode, we speak with Charles H. F. Davis, III, Nadine Jones, Wisdom Cole, Marlon Lynch, and Jael Kerandi to learn about how communities are working together to address campus safety. Lumina Strategy Officer, Katherine Wheatle, joins as co-host.  READ MORE

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Episode 29

Supporting parenting students

Sept. 14, 2021

Nearly 1 in 4 college students today have children or care for dependents. Colleges and universities are often not set up to support parenting students. Nicole Lynn Lewis of Generation Hope, and Buffy Tanner and Janet Hubbard of Shasta College join us to talk about what is being done to support parenting students.   READ MORE

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