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August 10, 2018


Mercy College Dobbs Ferry Campus Map
August 8, 2018

Directions to the Dobbs Ferry campus can be found here.

How much is the symposium?
There is no cost associated with the symposium. However, due to space, it is by invitation only. If you know of someone who might be interested in attending please email to inquire about availability.

Will meals be provided?
Yes, there will be a light breakfast and working lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions please make sure to note them in your registration.

Is WiFi available?
Yes, there is free WiFi available. The network is called "Mavericks-WiFi", once you select the network you must acknowledge the terms and conditions. To acknowledge the terms and conditions open up a web browser after you select the network.

Who should I contact about accessibility issues?
Our Office of ACCESSibility would be glad to help you with any accessibility needs. They can be reached at or (914) 674-7523. You can find more information on the Office of ACCESSibility at  

Where should I park?
Parking is free and spots will be set aside for those attending the symposium. When you arrive on the Dobbs Ferry campus just simply let the security guard at the guardhouse know that you are attending the symposium in the Rotunda. Parking will be blocked off at the Mercy Hall parking lot (located next to Mercy Hall).

Symposium of Private Institutions Serving Economically-disadvantaged Students (SPISES)

This symposium aims to address some of these challenges (local, regional and universal) by framing some of the most contemporary collective approaches to solve some common threats to our educational mission. Our initial meeting of regional private institutions who are interested in better serving economically-disadvantaged students in the New York metropolitan area will focus on three general themes:

1) the collaborative use of resources to improve instruction;

2) best practices to help ED students; and,

3) inter-institutional models to increase service and instructional efficiency.


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Recent reports from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Raj Chetty et al. (2017) have been among several that suggest that the future of academic service for economically-disadvantaged (ED) students have been offered by an increasingly tiered educational system. The rather common (but misinformed) opinion that private institutions are at the higher echelons of this tiered system that serve white, privileged and well-prepared students often neglects the fact that many our regional institutions are private yet serve communities of students that are of color and--more often than not--economically challenged. The numerous private institutions in the New York metropolitan area form one such proud guild of institutions that are familiar with this student demographic and, in many cases, explicitly use their educational mission to proudly declare their intent to serve these students. That said, and in part because of these decisions, many of these institutions frequently suffer from a general lack of resources and ability to efficiently serve economically-disadvantaged students. In short, the students (and the institutions that serve them) that are in most need of the resources to succeed, rarely have access to these resources and services.

Giancola, J., & Kahlenberg, R. D. (2016). True Merit: Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities.
ack Kent Cooke Foundation. Chetty, R., Friedman, J. N., Saez, E., Turner, N., & Yagan, D. (2017). Mobility report cards: The role of colleges in intergenerational mobility (No. w23618). National Bureau of Economic Research.