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Institutions of higher education and businesses have been postponing and cancelling large-scale gatherings here in Massachusetts and also across the country due to COVID-19. There is now a full-consensus among the community college presidents that all non-essential statewide community college gatherings/events should now be done either remotely through a technology solution or postponed until we have more information about the impact of COVID-19. Since our Teaching and Learning Conference is more suited for in-person participation, the presidents determined, out of an abundance of caution, that it is best to postpone the Conference. The presidents will evaluate the decision on non-essential statewide meetings again around May 1st (in hopes that more information is known about the virus as the months progress). As soon as we are comfortable planning large-scale events, we will consult with the various groups and stakeholders to determine a new date. 

Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference

Roxbury Community College will host the 2020 Massachusetts Community Colleges Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference on Friday, April 3, 2020.

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Conference Theme

The theme of this year’s conference is Equity Through Innovation: Ensuring Success for All Students.

This year’s theme requests that participants explore how a focus on innovation can help mitigate the large and persistent racial equity gaps in postsecondary education.  The conference tracks highlight innovative practices that advance racial equity and support the success of all students.

This year’s conference will have six themes to showcase the wide variety of approaches, traditional and nontraditional, that support student success.

Thematic Areas

  1. Measuring Student Success
  2. Career Pathways from Noncredit to Credit Programs
  3. Pedagogical Innovation
  4. Student Support Innovation
  5. Enrollment Management 
  6. Human Resources:  Attracting and Retaining Talent
  7. State PIF or other initiatives

Request for Proposals

The TLSD planning committee is now accepting presentation proposals.  To submit a proposal, please fill out the RFP form.  Supporting documents can be submitted to  Please do not send supporting documents until you have completed the form.  Review the RFP pdf for additional information on proposal requirements. The proposal submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.

Conference Registration

Register for the 2020 TLSD Conference by filling out the online registration form. The registration deadline for the conference is March 20, 2020.  The cost for the conference is $60.00 per person. Please note that participants will not be asked to pay at the time of registration. Each college will be billed for the number of registrants from their campus.

Conference Schedule

7:45–8:45am TBD Registration/Breakfast Buffet
8:45am Media Arts Center Introductions
9:00–10:00am Media Arts Center Keynote - Demetri L. Morgan

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10:15–11:15am   Concurrent Sessions
11:30am–12:30pm   Concurrent Sessions
12:45–1:45pm TBD Lunch
1:45–2:45pm   Concurrent Sessions

2020 Conference Program

In order to minimize our carbon footprint and maximize sustainability, Roxbury Community College is employing Sched, a digital platform, to share the conference program, schedule, and presentation descriptions. Sched is accessible from your mobile phone or other device. A link to the 2020 conference program on Sched will be shared as soon as the program is finalized.

Keynote Presentation

Realizing the Democratic Potential of Postsecondary Education: The Pursuit of Equity in a Changing Political Landscape
Numerous challenges and opportunities confront postsecondary education. This is especially true in a state like Massachusetts, with its high levels of educational attainment, but persistent equity gaps among different student populations. As with most election cycles, the sheer number of ideas and commentary about what institutions should or should not do can be overwhelming, particularly for those who work at community colleges. Amid all the punditry, talks of accountability, and calls for disruption, we are presented with an opportunity to reflect on where are and dream of future possibilities. Based on Dr. Demetri Morgan’s research into the role of higher education in a diverse democracy, this talk will highlight why the pursuit of educational equity will continue to be the main hurdle for higher education to clear. Furthermore, this lecture will explore the various ways faculty, administrators, and staff can participate in the pursuit of realizing educational equity in both collaborative and individual ways. Ultimately, listeners will leave having made the connection between equity and the future of democracy, and why now is the time for transformative change at our institutions. 

Area Accommodations

Residence Inn Boston Downtown/South End
2001 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Distance: 1.2 miles 
Tel: 857-776-3000

Directions and Parking

Free parking is available in parking lot #1 and parking lot #2.  The campus is located steps from the Roxbury Crossing stop on the Orange line.  Visit the Directions & Parking page on  our website to view detailed directions, parking information, and a campus map.


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