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UGA’s Fanning Institute will host inaugural Embark Georgia conference

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development will host an inaugural Embark Georgia Leadership Conference on college access and resources for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness.

The conference will be held May 18-19 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Embark Georgia is a statewide network of support for young people who are or have been in foster care or homeless and are enrolled or interested in attending any postsecondary educational institution in Georgia.

The conference is open to higher education professionals, high school professionals, case managers, homeless liaisons, private foster care professionals and any other interested community partners. It will include simulations and breakout sessions on a variety of topics, such as financial and social supports for students, how campus and community organizations can structure targeted support for students and challenges the students face.

On May 19, attendees will hear from keynote speaker Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University. Goldrick-Rab also founded the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She also is author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream.

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