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When Students Have Ninety-Nine Problems and Your Syllabus Is One: Five Equity-Minded Practices That Remove Barriers for Success

Total Credits: 0.1 CEUs

Dr. Andrea Dardello
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 24, 2023


Many community college students face a number of barriers that threaten their ability to meet academic goals, including work, competing obligations with family and friends, and bills that make paying for college difficult. Yet, with hope, they enroll at community colleges with a desire to change the trajectory of their lives, only to be met with policies that exacerbate the pressures they already face. Many times, the syllabus paints the class as one more problem they must overcome, lengthening the path to their success rather than providing a roadmap for its attainment. This webinar helps instructors recognize some of the barriers created by the tone and policies in the syllabus and provides strategies for using the syllabus as a tool to create a clearer path to students’ success.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Identify distinctive needs community college students have.
  • Identify ways in which the syllabus can anticipate and address the needs of community college students.
  • Begin transforming deficit-minded practices and policies to equity-minded practices and policies.

Certificate, Digital Badge, and CEU

All webinar participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-webinar learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


Dr. Andrea Dardello's Profile

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Senior Diversity Officer Associate Professor of English

Frederick Community College

Andrea Dardello Bio

For over twenty-nine years, Dr. Andrea Dardello has served on the front lines as a community college educator, bridging the gap between students' lived experiences and academia. Through the lens of restorative practices, she prepares faculty to teach from an equitable and culturally responsive lens in order to foster the success of both faculty and students.  She is an English faculty member at Frederick Community College and is currently serving as Acting Senior Diversity Officer. 

Andrea is a contributing author to the book, Defining, Locating, and Addressing Bullying in the WPA Workplace. Her chapter, entitled “Breaking the Silence of Racism and Bullying in Academia: Leaning in to a Hard Truth” uses storytelling as a vehicle to describe how faculty of color can become targets of repeated microaggressions that take on the form of bullying at two-year institutions.

On a personal note, Andrea is a widow and proud mother of a fourteen-year old son. She enjoys running, singing, the arts, and cultural events.