Last week, the Fanning Institute hosted Designated Points of Contact (DPOC) from more than 20 University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) campuses to support increased access to leadership opportunities for underrepresented populations. Once a year, the Embark Georgia DPOCs convene to share information and updates about what is happening across the state, look at data collected from the previous year on students served and the types of services requested, and to plan for the next academic year.

What is a Designated Point of Contact (DPOC)? As of July 1, 2014 both USG and TCSG made it a policy to have a designated person on all public institutions to answer questions for young people experiencing foster care or homelessness. According to both the Casey Family Programs and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), a best practice is to dedicate one campus leader to ensure these young people are receiving all needed information. While all campuses have a DPOC, not all campuses have developed programming for these students.