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#REALNOVA: A Student Needs Symposium

Registration is now closed for 2019, please stay tuned for the 2020 registration.

Real Nova Students

The quality of life for our students has a major impact on their sense of belonging, persistence, graduation, and overall experience. Unfortunately, barriers such as hunger, homelessness, transportation and more, are real issues for many of our students at NOVA. To address these barriers, NOVA will be hosting #REALNOVA.

The target audience is faculty, staff, students, community based organizations, K-16 partners and funders. 

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About the Symposium

The Symposium will work to start a collective conversation on the needs of our students (food, housing, transportation, mental, etc.) and address the barriers we can disable for our students. Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab will be our keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s presentation will address the need for reform and what we, the Northern Virginia community and the Commonwealth of Virginia, can do to play our part in supporting students in and around Virginia.

Additionally, the Symposium will expand beyond local and national data to a hands-on approach to addressing and solving issues around students’ basic needs. Presenters from across the College community will have the opportunity to share their resources and best practices to elevate and resolve these barriers to student success. NOVA students from across the College will be in attendance to share their stories and advocate for their peers.

Questions, contact Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Create an equity minded approach to student support
  • Drill down our focus on access, retention and completion.
  • Expand holistic advising, coaching mentoring efforts
  • Establish an infrastructure for integrated student support
  • Share approaches for helping students gain access to vital resources
  • Forge meaningful partnerships with community partners
  • Create a plan to implement institutional and policy changes to achieve better outcomes for students

#REALNOVA is a calling for the college and local community
to come together to tackle real issues and achieve real results.

2019 Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Dr. Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. NOVA will be participating in the RealCollege national student survey this year.

Watch Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab Ted Talk