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May 26 – 27


The conference will be offered via Zoom 10 a..m. – 4 p.m. CT each day. View the full schedule below!

View Schedule and Details Here

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How do we acknowledge the changes that our learners are going through? What challenges and inequities do our students face? What was exacerbated by the pandemic? How did you shift? How do you look at your work differently? Which policies and practices did you put in place to meet the shift?

How do you innovate for when Shift Happens?

Sessions will be available in these areas as they pertain to adult learners:

  • Serving Students as they Shift
  • Providing Non-Traditional Populations with Credit for Prior Learning and Adult-based programs
  • Collaborating with External Partners: Workforce, Adult Basic Education, Community-based Organizations
  • Teaching and Learning with the Adult Student
  • Enveloping The Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Pivoting with Corrections and Reentry Programs
  • Leaning into the Needs of Veterans

Learn from experts and each other how to best serve adult learners. Explore proven methods to increase access, facilitate success, and remove barriers to your students achieving their goals!

Another way to participate!

Hello Shift Happens participants! We are one year into Covid-19 and would like to know how you have filled your time.

We are asking participants to send us a 1-minute video and /or a screen shot of your COVID-19 home office space. We’ll run these during our virtual breaks.

Think of it like bumping into someone during a coffee break or getting to know your neighbor before a concurrent session begins. You know sharing the things we used to do before we were quarantined.

What are we looking for? Here are some ideas:

  • Share something about how adult learners made it through quarantine.
  • Brag about your work, your students, your school/college, your partnerships.
  • Give us tips on living through a pandemic?

We hope you’ll participate. Send your photo/video to

Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Workshop / Event
10 – 10:15 Welcome and Housekeeping
10:15 – 11:15 Keynote Rovy Branon
11:30 – 12:30 Break out session 1
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch/networking
1:30 – 2:30 Break out session 2
2:45 – 3:45 Student Panel

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Workshop / Event
10 – 10:30 Welcome Equity 2030 – Terry Lyn Hinds
10:45 – 11:15 Break out session 3 (30 min sessions)
11:30 – 12:30 Breakout Session 4
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch/networking
1:30 – 2:30 Break out session 5
2:45 – 3:45 Closing Keynote Donte Curtis
3:45 – 4:00 Closing

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Keynote Speakers

Rovy Branon

Rovy Branon

Vice Provost, Continuum College
University of Washington

Rethinking Higher Education Across a 60 Year Curriculum

Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 – 11:15 CT

Student Panel

Student Panel

The Reality of Shift Happening

Wednesday, May 26, 2:45 – 4:00 CT

Teri Lyn Hinds

Teri Lyn Hinds

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives – Equity 2030
Minnesota State

Why Adult Learners are Essential in Meeting Our Equity 2030 Goal

 Thursday, May 27, 10:00 – 10:30 CT

Donte Curtis

Donte Curtis

Owner/Lead Consultant
Catch Your Dream Consulting

Shifting from Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) to being Anti-Racist

Thursday, May 27, 2:45 – 4:00 CT


Planning Committee Members:

  • Brenda Lyseng, Title III Grant Project Director
  • Monica Ibarra, Title III Grant Coordinator
  • Aria Kronebusch, Title III Grant Coordinator
  • Kendrah Pearson, IHCC/DCTC Credit for Prior Learning Director
  • Jan Austad, Associate Dean of Career Programs, IHCC
  • Nicki Bottko, Associate Director of Student Life
  • Mary Beth Lakin, CPLAN Director, Metropolitan State University
  • Jess Niebuhr, Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships and “All Learning Counts” Director, Minnesota State
  • Shelly Auldrich, MN Reconnect Program Manager, Minnesota State
  • Eva Scates-Winston, Career and Technical Education Equity Specialist, Minnesota State
  • Gina Sobania, Director of Military, Veteran, and Adult Learner Services, Minnesota State


We want to acknowledge the various partners that are making the Adult Learner Institute possible:

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Title III Grant: Adult Learners: Service, Success and Growth

Lumina Grant: All Learning Counts

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MN Reconnect

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MinnState Career and Technical Education

Minnesota State Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network
CPLAN = Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network

Military and Veteran Services, Minnesota State