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Advancing Racial Equity in Online Career and Technical Education Programs: Knowledge for Action

High-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs offered fully or partially online by community and technical colleges provide an accessible path that students can take to jobs and careers. As with many areas of education, the pandemic led to expanded online learning, elevating the need to develop strategies to meet diverse student needs. The CTE CoLab, a collaboration led by the Urban Institute in partnership with 5 national organizations, worked with 12 community and technical colleges over two and a half years to develop innovative strategies to reduce disparities in academic and career outcomes for students of color enrolled in credit-bearing online postsecondary CTE programs.  

Join the Urban Institute and our partners for a conversation about what we’ve learned along the way, how data were leveraged to identify equity gaps and inform college decisionmaking, and promising strategies for advancing racial equity to support student success. This live-streamed event will include a panel discussion where four colleges we worked with will showcase their work and share insights related to practice, research, and policy.



  • Theresa Anderson, Principal Research Associate, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute 
  • Rekha Balu, Co-Vice President, Office of Race and Equity Research, Urban Institute
  • Amanda Briggs, Senior Research Associate, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute 
  • Akilah Easter, Dean of Urban Agriculture, Olive-Harvey College
  • Sandy Goodman, Director, National College Transition Network at World Education 
  • Kevin Harris, IT Software Developer Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College 
  • Anne Kingsley, Faculty Distance Education Coordinator and Professor of English, Diablo Valley College
  • Scott Lucas, Vice President, Aviation, Manufacturing & Institutional Effectiveness, WSU Tech 
  • Clair Minson, Founder and Principal Consultant, Sandra Grace LLC
  • Shayne Spaulding, Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Professor and Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Strategic Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh School of Education


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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Thursday, March 9, 2023

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Director of Federal Equity Initiatives
    Co-Vice President
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Senior Fellow
    Managing Director, CTE CoLab