June 21, 2022

San Diego Mesa College Selected as Partner by Generation Hope in Support of Parenting College Students

FamilyU Technical Assistance Program Welcomes Second Cohort

By Office of Communications

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nonprofit Generation Hope announced today that San Diego Mesa College is included in the second cohort of higher education institutions participating in their FamilyU technical assistance program. Through FamilyU, Generation Hope partners with colleges and universities across the country to increase the number of parenting college students who complete their programs and graduate. 


“Serving student parents is of critical importance at Mesa College, and until now we haven't had the opportunity to invest in learning and implementing leading practices,” stated San Diego Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. “Being accepted into FamilyU will meet that need.”


Parenting students account for 1 in 5 undergraduate college students nationwide, however, their odds of college completion are far slimmer than college students who are not parenting. Despite having higher GPAs than students without children, parenting students are ten times less likely to graduate due to inadequate support systems designed to accelerate student parent success. Generation Hope’s FamilyU technical assistance program was created to bolster completion odds for student parents by assisting two- and four-year higher education institutions in developing stronger support systems for their students who are parenting. 


Last year, Generation Hope announced their inaugural cohort of higher education institutions across the D.C. region which included George Mason University, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Trinity Washington University. Through these four institutions, FamilyU has impacted approximately 26,000 student parents. In an effort to expand the program’s reach, the second cohort will include colleges and universities across the country.


The institutions selected for this year’s FamilyU cohort are: 

  • Austin Community College District
  • Houston Community College
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Norfolk State University
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • Virginia State University


“Our work at Generation Hope is rooted in generating success and economic mobility for student parents, and we’re grateful to work with higher education institutions committed to joining these efforts,” said Nicole Lynn Lewis, Generation Hope Founder & CEO. “Our hope for this program is to improve outcomes for millions of student parents across the country, and we are thrilled to expand our network of institutions dedicated to reimagining higher education and closing the gap on racial and economic inequities that disproportionately impact student parents.”


Focused on four core competencies - Policy, Data, People and Culture - Generation Hope’s FamilyU technical assistance program provides customized engagement through a shared learning experience with colleges and universities committed to improving outcomes for student parents on their campuses.


This cohort includes two HBCUs, which was a goal of Generation Hope as it seeks to reach those students who are most impacted by the lack of supports for parenting students across higher education – students of color. Studies show that students of color make up 51% of all parenting students compared to 46% of students without children.


FamilyU builds on Generation Hope’s commitment to supporting parenting students through college and helps colleges and universities create institutional environments that acknowledge and work to remove barriers to completion for parenting students. The technical assistance program includes a comprehensive, customized, evidence-based, two-year capacity-building experience designed to create and refine institutional competencies to improve student parent success as well as customized engagements for higher education entities to improve their student parent retention and graduation outcomes. To expand this important work across the country, Generation Hope is grateful for the partnership and support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Crimsonbridge Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, ECMC Foundation, the Scheidel Foundation, and others.


About Generation Hope

To ensure all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility, Generation Hope engages education and policy partners to drive systemic change and provides direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming. To learn more about FamilyU and this year’s cohorts, please visit



About San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college committed to access, success, and equity. We honor those commitments as a diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, innovation, and excellence in an inclusive learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future.  Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa College serves 30,000 students per year, 25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers nearly 200 associate degree and certificate programs and is one of 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate degree. Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution, is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution and a Military Friendly School, serving more than 3,500 veterans and their families.


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