1st Edition

Creating Supportive Spaces for Pregnant and Parenting College Students Contemporary Understandings of Title IX

Edited By Catherine L. Riley, Katie B. Garner Copyright 2024
    276 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together interdisciplinary research, theoretical perspectives, and detailed explanations of examples to help colleges become supportive spaces for pregnant and parenting students.

    Expanding the discourse around pregnant and parenting college students to a more interdisciplinary and international arena, this volume follows the ground-breaking monograph Title IX and the Protection of Pregnant and Parenting College Students (Riley, Hutchinson, Dix 2022). The present volume defines this cohesive field and brings together separate voices to help colleges become supportive spaces. The chapters explore academia’s attitude toward motherhood, families, and carework, the invisibility of pregnant and parenting students, system-wide negligence, the forgotten nature of student-fathers, unacknowledged miscarriages, organized policy change efforts, involved agencies of change, the troubling presence of coercion, and more. While arguing that barriers currently prevent colleges from becoming supportive spaces, the volume asserts that improvements are both feasible and vital for ensuring that institutions of higher education are complying with Title IX, a U.S. federal law.

    Offering interdisciplinary research, explanations of problems, and paths for progress, this edited volume will be useful to scholars, researchers, administrators, and activists working to support pregnant and parenting students. Various chapters will also interest those working in higher education administration, education policy, reproductive health, gender studies, and health and organizational communication more broadly. Supporting pregnant and parenting college students, however, is a shared responsibility belonging to all members of a campus community; accordingly, this volume is for every institution that plans to comply with Title IX.

    1. Introduction: The Growing Momentum to Protect Pregnant and Parenting College Students

    Catherine L. Riley


    2. Motherhood, Parenting, and Academia: Changing the Cultural Landscape of Higher Education

    Summer R. Cunningham


    3. Laboring for the Change Pregnant and Parenting Scholars Need Most: A Birth Plan 

    Katie B. Garner


    4. Unexcused Absence: The System-Wide Invisibility of Pregnant and Parenting College Students

    Jessica L. Nare and Monica J. Casper


    5. The Untold Stories of Student-Fathers’ Struggles

    A. Tomás Hernandez Jr. & Cindy Nhung Phu


    6. Missed Realities About Miscarriage in Academia

    Grace Ellen Brannon & Catherine L. Riley


    7. Making Room for Every-Body: Changing Policy for Pregnant and Parenting Students at a U.S. College Abroad

    Ana Belén Amil & Ruth Gazsó Candlish


    8. Nurturing Equity and Access: Compassion in Action for Parenting Graduate Students 

    Jessica A. Leveto


    9. Agencies of Change: The Shared Work of Transforming Colleges into Supportive Spaces

    A. Fiona Pearson and Erika Lynn Dawson Head


    10. Epilogue: Defending Students and Families by Removing Coercion from Academia

    Catherine L. Riley


    Catherine L. Riley, PhD, is a former university professor and the owner of Supportive Space Consulting, LLC. This is her second book and was produced while parenting three young children and delivering her fourth child.

    Katie B. Garner, PhD, is the Executive Director of the International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship. Her publications span academic presses and mainstream outlets. Katie is the mother of three children.