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Education Policy Seminars 2021-2022

Higher Education Finance in Quebec

Martin Maltais

October 25, 2021

Martin MaltaisMartin Maltais is professor of financing and education policies at UQAR. As the proximity manager, he is a key player in the development of higher education and digital policies in Qu├ębec (Canada). Maltais is the author of several papers and communications concerning education and higher education policies and funding as well as distance education.

The session was moderated by Dr. Erik Ness.



Black Women Graduate Students' Social Media Use as a Space for Reclamation, Resistance, and Healing

Sacha Sharp

February 28, 2022

Sacha Sharp

Dr. Sacha Sharp presented her unique and innovative interdisciplinary research to understand and assess the impact of digital identity and expression among Black women graduate students to the McBee Institute community. Her work breaks ground for its exploration of digital identity, its use of social media as a data source, its singular and non-comparative focus on Black women, and its use of dramaturgy as a methodology.

Sacha Sharp is an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Sharp's dissertation received the 2021 Selma Greenberg Outstanding Dissertation Award from Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Amy Stich moderated the session.

The event was presented as part of the McBee Institute's Critical Perspectives on Race series and part of the Women's Studies Program's Women's History Month series.

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The Degree Generation: Moving On Up in the Graduate Labour Market?

Nicola Ingram

March 21, 2022

Nicola Ingram

Nicola Ingram, Professor of Sociology of Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University, shared qualitative research that delves into the lived experiences of college graduates from non-middle class backgrounds in the British labor market.

Ingram's survey data adds voice and context to the statistical data showing that graduates from underrepresented backgrounds have a more difficult time transitioning into appropriate employment and realizing the benefits of a postsecondary degree when compared with their more affluent peers.

Her findings are based on a decade-long research project and will be published in a book later this year (Degree Generation: Moving On Up in the Graduate Labour Market). 

Dr. Amy Stich introduced the speaker.

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Higher Education Policy in New Jersey

Zakiya Smith Ellis

April 15, 2022

Zakiya Smith EllisDr. Smith Ellis is the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor of New Jersey. She had previously served as the state's Secretary of Higher Education.

Dr. Erik Ness moderated this EPS session.

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