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Trump case expected to head to the jury today; IN food banks concerned about draft Farm Bill; NH parents, educators urge veto of anti-LGBTQ+ bills; Study shows a precipitous drop in migratory fish populations, in US and worldwide.

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Actor Robert DeNiro joins Capitol Police officers to protest against Donald Trump at his New York hush money trial as both sides make closing arguments. And the Democratic Party moves to make sure President Biden will be on the ballot in Ohio.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

NC Colleges Boost Support for Black, Native Student Parents

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Thursday, January 12, 2023   

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is boosting support for its student parents - with plans to increase access to childcare and lactation spaces, create student-parent support groups and a referral system for non-academic needs, and partner with the campus food pantry and clothing closet to add children's items.

Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at NC A&T - Arwin Smallwood, Ph.D - said the $75,000 grant from Ascend at the Aspen Institute will ease the burden for individuals trying to complete their degree while raising family.

"They may be holding down a 40-hour-a-week job," said Smallwood. "Or even if it's 30-plus hours a week, getting kids off to school and make sure that they're fed and so forth, that's going to make their lives very difficult."

Ascend at the Aspen Institute awarded funds to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities nationwide to implement supports for Black and Native Parents.

Zainab Okolo, Ed.D - strategy officer with Lumina Foundation - pointed out that the success of student-parents can have generational ripple effects.

"Children who watched their parents complete a degree are more likely to complete a degree," said Okolo. "So creating generational educational access is essentially creating generational wealth."

Research shows student parents are more likely to be single mothers of color, who are burdened with a higher-than-average amount of student debt.

Support for this reporting was provided by Lumina Foundation.



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