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Community College Now:Serving First Generation Students

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Join Dr. Susan Gardner and her guest Dr. Paulette Dalpes, Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Chief of Staff City University of New York as they explore how colleges are serving first generation, low income and underrepresented students.


Paulette Dalpes, Ed.D.

Paulette Dalpes is the Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York,  the nation's largest urban public university, serving 540,000 students – more than 271,000 degree-credit students and nearly 270,000 in adult, continuing and professional education — at 24 institutions in New York City. Prior to this position, Dr. Dalpes was the Senior Student Affairs Officer at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. In this capacity, she was instrumental in building programs for students with disabilities, Veteran students, male students of color, as well as advancing the development of the Counseling, Student Life, Athletics, Access Ability Services, Veteran’s Affairs and Student Conduct offices. Dr. Dalpes also worked at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts as the Director of Academic Support. Her background includes facilitating federally funded TRiO grant programs; training and development on issues of diversity and inclusion; and work in residential life at large universities. She has an abiding respect for and commitment to community colleges and the mission of educational access especially for students who are low-income and first-generation to college. Dr. Dalpes has taught as an adjunct or guest lecturer at Holyoke Community College; the University of Massachusetts; and the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.