3 Simple Tips to Enact Social Change

It’s not news to anyone in the higher education industry that community college enrollment numbers have continued to drop (-6.0%) this year, following the sharp enrollment decline experienced last fall (-9.4%). These drops have followed trends along gendered lines.

In fall 2020, male undergraduate enrollment fell by -14.4%. Within communities of color, the numbers are even more serious. And community colleges are also witnessing enrollment and retention declines among female students, dropping from -6.1% in 2020 to -7.4% this fall.

The pandemic has not only widened the financial gap between rich and poor but has also highlighted the rigidity that still exists in our society when it comes to gender roles. It’s imperative to understand the forces behind these similar yet different enrollment dips so that community colleges can effectively target these students in outreach efforts.

In Dr. Paula Di Dio’s insightful white paper, you’ll find three easy steps you can start taking right now to boost equity along with enrollment.


  • How do unquestioned gender roles for men, women, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ students hinder equity efforts?
  • What tools can help overcome gender inequities?
  • How can you affect long-lasting, positive changes from the bottom up?
  • What is the best way to overcome gender stereotypes without building resistance?
  • And more…

Dr. Di Dio’s power-packed white paper gives actionable steps to overcome enrollment and equity challenges… at no cost.

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This free exclusive is for our partners, community college marketers, enrollment teams, and leadership. Dr. Paula Di Dio’s White Paper, “Challenging Traditional Gender Roles, Boosting Enrollment: 3 Simple Tips to Enact Social Change,” is a robust seven-page guide with a full list of helpful sources. Just connect with us via the form below, and we’ll email your download link.

About the Author

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Dr. Paula Di Dio, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Communications & Research Strategist

Dr. Paula Di Dio holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a lecturer at several universities across the country. For over fifteen years, Paula’s job has been to analyze, write, edit, teach, and interpret stories and their broader social, political, and cultural contexts.

She has conducted academic research on migrations, pop culture, cosmopolitanism, and political dissent. She brings her teaching and research skills into the marketing and communications industry as an experienced cross-cultural Market Research Strategist for qualitative research projects.

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By Published On: March 1, 2022Last Updated: April 4, 2022Categories: Uncategorized, White PapersTags: , ,