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Kean Mid-Year Convocation Will Showcase Data to Share University’s Progress in Equity

Showing Kean University’s strength in numbers, President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., will host a Mid-Year Convocation on Thursday, March 2, to share data updating Kean’s progress in addressing equity gaps.

The Convocation will take place at Miron Student Center from 3:30 - 5 p.m. It is aligned with Kean’s participation in the Moon Shot for Equity partnership, a national network of colleges and universities committed to eliminating equity gaps in higher education by 2030. 

All members of the University community were invited to register for the event, which begins in the Little Theatre with a presentation by Repollet and senior leadership, and includes a walk-through “data gallery” illustrating Kean’s progress in its work across the institution.

“At Kean we believe in the power of data,” Repollet said. “We’re using data to drive innovation, shape the vision of our future, change our campus and our communities and create a more equitable world around us. For Kean to fulfill the promise of higher education for all students, the University must continue to climb higher together.

In December, Kean became the first New Jersey university to join Moon Shot for Equity, a national project facilitated by EAB, a Washington, D.C.-based education firm.

Moon Shot for Equity offers research-based best practices, policies and technology proven to help college students achieve academic goals in less time, for less money and with better career outcomes.

Kean Senior Vice President for Administration Michael Salvatore, Ph.D., said the mid-year convocation will allow faculty and staff to highlight successes while also asking for support to close existing gaps.

“The President conceptualized this Convocation as an annual event to share our connectedness while serving as a benchmark toward our annual goals,” Salvatore said. “The more we share our ambitions in a very public manner, the more likely we are to hold each other accountable while working toward common goals.” 

Dozens of Kean departments will engage with attendees as they present statistics in the Data Gallery Walk – sharing information ranging from the impact of advising and support services on retention to diversity within various divisions.

Participating departments include Michael Graves College; Kean Ocean; the College of Business and Public Management; SUPERA; Supplemental Instruction; Educational Opportunity Fund; Center for Advising, Persistence and Success; Institutional Research; Bridge to Success; Career Services; College of Liberal Arts; Kean Wellness Center; Office of Accreditation and Assessment; Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Learning Commons; College of Education; School of General Studies; Entrepreneurial Educational Initiatives; Athletics; Office of the Registrar; Center for Leadership and Service; Transformational Learning; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Hennings College of Science, Mathematics and Technology; and College of Health Professions and Human Services.