Booker Proposes Bill to Support Student Parents at Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Dr. Daria J. Willis, president of Everett Community College, was an undergraduate at Florida A&M University when her daughter was born. During nights and weekends, when Willis took classes, childcare facilities in the area weren’t open so she had to send her daughter to live in Georgia with her mother for a semester. At one point, Willis worked three jobs to pay for tuition, food, and the needs of her toddler. Her Pell grant only helped so much.
New legislation—introduced last week—could improve student life for struggling parents.