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Improving Student Success and Reducing Equity Gaps with Dr. Monica Parrish Trent

Meet Dr. Monica Parrish Trent, chief program and network officer at Achieving the Dream (ATD). Trent's career spans over 25 years, during which she has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving student success and reducing equity gaps, particularly for BIPOC and low-income students. Her extensive experience in community colleges has equipped her with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by such marginalized student populations and the strategies necessary to address them effectively.

Join the conversation with Diverse host Ralph Newell and learn how Trent and ATD are working to form an equitable and inclusive environment in higher education.


  • Addressing inequality in higher education
  • Monica’s educational journey and career aspirations
  • How the ATD organization supports community college students
  • The importance of culture and heritage in student learning
  • Supporting the academic journey of student parents
  • The decline in college enrollment across marginalized groups
  • The impact of lack of education on communities
  • The ATD Equity Toolkit and its eight equity principles
  • The pivotal role of creating an inclusive environment for all students
  • The need for partnerships with K-12 schools, local employers, and social organizations


“Education matters. I am a proponent of higher education… To me, it's so important because without education and without knowing what your rights are, or what the consequences of rights that have been denied for generations… you're not able to access society in the ways that are going to protect you and your family.” — Dr. Monica Parrish Trent


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Such a great approach on the different perspectives surrounding diversity and how it affects all communities! Enjoying each episode!

In The Margins

This is an amazing podcast. I am glad you are stepping up and talking about a sensitive topic that is not talked about enough. Thank you for sharing this information. It effects students in higher education and the effects carry over into the workforce when the students graduate. Some students are tainted because there was not enough taught on diversity and the students perspective are skewed.

Precious Rutlin
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Hannah Momtana
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Such an amazing platform. So many milestones have been made and so many more to come.

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