Presidential Spouses and Partners Program Welcome, Address, and Luncheon

January 5, 2023

(Sponsored by Metz Culinary Management)

The opening session for presidential spouses and partners is an upbeat gathering where new friends are made, and old friends reconnect as we lunch and learn together. We welcome those who are new in their role, and honor those whose tenure as presidential spouse or partner is coming to a close.

The State of the Student: Generation Z, the Pandemic, and Beyond

The majority of students on CIC campuses today are squarely in the middle of Gen Z, also known as iGen, post-millennials or zoomers. They come to campus with a different set of characteristics, values, and motivations than the generations that preceded them, and often with different expectations of the experience that college should provide.

Sherry L. Turner brings extensive and diverse experience in higher education to inform her remarks in this keynote presentation. In discussing “the state of the student” today, she will address the most significant issues facing Gen Z students—personal, academic, and societal—and will reflect on how COVID-19 has affected this cohort, with attention given to educational disparities caused by the pandemic. Turner will offer insights on how presidential spouses and partners can use their roles most effectively to support students as they navigate through pandemic and post-pandemic times.  

Remarks: Carol Bruess, Presidential Spouse, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University; and Chair, Presidential Spouses and Partners Task Force

Chair: Connie Holoman, Senior Advisor, Presidential Spouses and Partners Program, CIC; and Presidential Spouse, Centenary College of Louisiana