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Alumni Webinar Series | The Journey to Becoming a Supportive Adult for Students Who Have Experienced Foster Care and Homelessness


Note: This course is available for free to U-M SSW alumni as part of our Alumni Webinar Series, which features invited alumni speakers. Please know that non-alumni participants are welcome to register as well!

Nationally, 2% of youth who have experienced foster care graduate with a bachelor's degree despite 80% reporting they have aspirations to attend college. Further, over 60,000 people identify as homeless on the FAFSA each year but are also underrepresented at graduation. Facilitators will share the unique needs of this student population and how family privilege impacts success in college. Participants will learn strategies for being a supportive adult and how to positively impact the campus culture for students from foster care or homelessness.


  • Describe the unique needs and lived experiences of students who have experienced foster care and homelessness. Identify aspects of family privilege and how campuses and education systems often maintain a systematic assumption that students will have some level of stable family support during their time in college. Describe best practices for identifying students who have experienced foster care or homelessness on college campuses for the purpose of providing support and advocating for more inclusive processes. Outline strategies for serving as a supportive adult and positively impacting campus culture for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness.


March 11, 202112:00pm - 12:30pmAn overview of the foster care experience The impact of experiencing care on Higher Education The "why" behind the impact Instability Trauma & Well-Being
March 11, 202112:30pm - 1:00pmCreating Inclusivity and Promoting Well-Being Creating Safety Developing Meaningful Connections The Blavin Scholars Program
webinar (synchronous interactive)


  • 3/11/2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

CE Contact Hours

  • 1 regular live interactive online

Skill Level



  • Miriam A. Connolly



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