Erikson alum Kate Connor selected for Aspen Institute fellowship program

Erikson alum and Ph.D. student Kate Connor, (MS Child Development, ’05), has been selected for the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly competitive leadership program that prepares the next generation of community college presidents to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success at their institutions. Connor currently serves as vice president of academic and student affairs at Harry S. Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.

“Kate is passionate about the early childhood workforce and has actively networked within and outside of academia to strengthen it, focusing on career development and supports for practitioners, partnerships with parents, and relationship building in the context of communities,” said Pamela Epley, Ph.D., interim senior vice-president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. Epley also serves as Connor’s doctoral advisor. “Kate has given back to Erikson by assisting our Policy and Leadership department as a reviewer for policy pitches in the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows program. I’m thrilled that she has been selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in this fellowship program, as I know she will apply all she learns to improving the early childhood field.”

Connor will attend the 10-month fellowship beginning in November 2021 and will be mentored by current and former community college presidents, learning how to achieve better outcomes for students and leadership, and create strong external partnerships.

“During my time as a graduate student at Erikson I learned that I wanted to be an advocate for early childhood workers, and throughout my career I have partnered with a wide range of both public and private groups that support early childhood and higher education,” said Connor. “As a doctoral student I’m continuing on this path and the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship will elevate my abilities and aspirations.”