Traci Lewis, has been the ACCESS Collaborative director at The Ohio State University since 2007, and has brokered partnerships to deepen and expand systems of support for ACCESS students, who have a remarkable success rate. In addition to her work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (within which the Access Collaborative is based), Traci has also been invited to serve on prestigious think tanks that are developing toolkits and guidance for universities across the nation to support parent students and their children, including overseeing The Ohio State University’s participation in the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit pilot.
Traci is truly a leader who is working tirelessly to change the higher education culture to be accessible and inclusive for student parents. One recommendation stated that the secrets to Traci’s success are that “she stays well-informed about the holistic needs of students parents amid shifting education, political and social landscapes, and she never allows herself, her staff or her students to become complacent.” Another recommender, an ACCESS Collaborative student who is 12 hours shy of graduating, simply stated: “This would and could not be possible if it were not for the work of Ms. Traci Lewis and the ACCESS Collaborative program.” Under Traci’s leadership the National Student Parent Success Symposium was founded and hosted at The Ohio State University through 2016, and The Ohio State University looks forward to bringing the symposium back in 2019! Traci joins the board of NCSPP in 2018 after many years of service, both to her home institution, and to the field!
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