Effectively serving underrepresented students in predominately white institutions

2:15 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017
PSU 308

Explore how to use data and existing programs/resources to redesign and enhance services for historically underrepresented students. Population information, such as 11th and 12th grade students who qualify for free or reduced lunches and Pell eligibility of college students were among the information sources the city of Springfield utilized to help underrepresented students prepare for and attain higher education. Springfield education, business and city government groups worked collectively to complete a two-year grant from the Lumina Foundation that focused on increasing the percentage of people in the community with higher education attainment. 


Vice President of Academic Affairs Peggy Bradford

Peggy Bradford

Vice President of Academic Affairs
Westchester Community College

Dr. Peggy Bradford is the provost and interim vice president of academic affairs of Westchester Community College in New York. She has held a number of administrative positions, as well as served as adjunct faculty for Blackhawk Community College, Southern Illinois University, Governor State University and Benedictine University.    

She was appointed to the State of Illinois Remedial Education Board, chaired the Labor and Employment Committee of Kane County Bar Association, was a Fulbright Scholar – Ghana, Africa, served on the Ohio Department of Education Regional Advisory Council and was a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys continuing education committee. 

Her colleagues elected her to the Maryland Association of Community College Academic Affairs organization and the State Advisory committee to Presidents on Performance Based funding. Dr. Bradford received the administrator of Excellence and Leadership honor from Elgin Community College and Native American Fellowship from Aurora University.

Dr. Bradford received her Doctor of Education degree from Northern Illinois University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration from Southern Illinois University. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Shawnee College.

Project Director Francine Pratt

Francine Pratt

Project Director
Springfield 2025 Higher Education Attainment Proj

Francine Pratt is project director for the Springfield 2025 – Higher Education Attainment Project and bureau chief for the Special Operations Bureau with the unclaimed property division of the California State Controller’s Office.

She is the former executive director for the Missouri State University office of multicultural programs and assistant to the vice president for diversity and inclusion.

Previous posts also include program coordinator for Student African American Brotherhood: Brother to Brother Program and Drury Scholars, where she prepared African American middle school/high school students for college through personal development and exposure to college opportunities.

Pratt served as executive director for Isabel’s House and as the president for the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP. She holds extensive public service and corporate employment experience that includes leadership and administrative positions. She is the co-owner of Pratt Consultants.