MALA at GlobalMindED 2017 Conference

The GlobalMindED conference brings talented thinkers from around the world to Denver each June, including leaders in education, business, government and nonprofits, to seek solutions for persistent educational and workforce challenges that are holding back economic growth and social change throughout the world.

A top priority for GlobalMindED is to increase access and opportunities in the United States to higher education and STEM-related courses and careers for first-generation-to-college students.

First-generation college students are more likely to take remedial courses during their first two years of higher education and twice as likely to drop out within 6 years as their non-first-generation counterparts. These students are overwhelmingly from minority and low-income backgrounds. GlobalMindED, a majority minority conference, provides innovative, solution-driven approaches to promote access and equity for first-gen students. GlobalMindED pairs these dynamic students with outstanding mentors who provide valuable insight and opportunities for post-graduate success. These enduring relationships based on shared experiences, along with program features focused on academic persistence, networking, and workplace readiness will provide our first-gen students with the critical skills and tools needed to succeed in academia and the global marketplace.

At the GlobalMindED conference, students start to prepare themselves for 21st century jobs as they develop the confidence to succeed. They learn professional skills, find internships, and form mentoring relationships that they take with them when the conference ends. At the same time, professional attendees collaborate on innovative and impactful approaches to student and workplace success.

MALA’s co-founder and director Ahmed “Flex” Omar represented the organization at the conference. He moderated a panel titled “Learning for Access: Quality Education for All.” The panel included Dr. Dan Lutz (Co-Lead International), Erin Hogeboom (National Girls Collaborative), Erica Ledesma (Diversity AbroadNetwork), and Jenny Anderson (Celebrate EDU). The discussion focused on strengthening STEM education for girls, addressing the current framework of education, empowering young adults with developmental disabilities, and advancing diversity and inclusive good practices.