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2018 Conference Schedule

Main Conference welcome will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6. Pre-conference activities will be held June 5-6.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM: Coming Together Conference - Session 1

 

THE AGE OF HEOP ED
Location:    Music Building, 3201 (#31)

The Higher Education Opportunity Program provides access and success for low-income students at elite schools in New York State. For many years, some programs have used Early Decision (ED). Now with prior-prior FAFSA, more programs have the ability to admit students ED. With the limited amount of spots, is it fair to admit most of the class ED?

Presenters:   Danny Tejada, Director of College Counseling, CollegeBound Initiative at Longwood Preparatory                   Academy/Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research
                       Bill Short, HEOP Director, St. Lawrence University
                       Phyllis A.H. Breland, Director of HEOP, Hamilton College
                       Beverly J. Santos, Associate Director of College Completion, Uncommon Charter High School


TALKING TO OUR GRADS (AND ALMOST GRADS) ABOUT LOANS & DEBT
Location:    Student Center, 3102/3103 (#31)

Counseling from a youth development lens means counseling for readiness. What role do loans and debt play in “readiness” and in the life choices our students must make? What conversations (and data) must we have as access and success professionals to get our students ready to be adults in debt?

Presenters:   Lawrence Louis, Director of College Success Programs, Cypress Hills Community Development Corporation
                       Emily Task, Director of Counseling, Goddard Riverside Options Center


SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES; IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Location:    Student Center, 3101 (#31)

Students with disabilities are historically marginalized from the college access process. INCLUDEnyc and Options will present a partnership model which breaks down barriers, de-stigmatizes, and enhances college access opportunities. Participants leave with advocacy strategies for families, students, and schools, an understanding of legal rights, transition planning, and the access counselor role.

Presenters:   Alia Roth, Manager of Youth and Transition Services, INCLUDEnyc
                       Amy Kirshenbaum, Access Team Manager, Goddard Riverside Options Center



CARING FOR THE CARING: IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING COMPASSION FATIGUE
Location:    Student Center, 3104/3105 (#31)

Not all superheroes wear capes; some assist students to gain access to and persist through college. Our jobs focus on the greater good for our students, however, how often do you focus on making sure you are the best you can be? Our jobs center around helping students navigate some of life’s most stressful decisions and struggles, which can take a toll. Through this presentation, professionals will be provided a framework to recognize and overcome the impact Compassion Fatigue can have on their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Presenter: Carol Brower, Success Counselor, Bottom Line; Montclair State University


NAVIGATING THE RAINBOW ROAD
Location:    Student Center, Cabaret (#31)

Most of us feel our communities have “come out” as supportive and nurturing environments, but are they truly inclusive? Using tools such as the campus pride index, sharing anecdotes, and other resources, this open forum discussion begs the question, beginning with the admissions office, how queer-friendly are our campuses?

Presenters:   Erica Padilla, Director of NYC Engagement, Utica College
                       Kate Hardy, Sr. Associate Director of Admission, Bard College


HELPING STUDENTS STRIVE, PERSIST, AND SUCCEED DURING DEVELOPMENTAL COURSEWORK
Location:    Music Building, 3203 (#31)

CUNY Start is an innovative model that is changing the way remediation is addressed at CUNY. It has outstanding outcomes for some of NYC’s most under-prepared community college students. We will go beyond the curriculum to explore the advisement model and team-driven problem solving to help our students persist and succeed.

Presenters:   Andrea Gabbidon-Levene, Director, CUNY Start & Math Start, Hostos Community College, CUNY 
                      Michele James, Staff and Professional Developer, CUNY Central

BLACK MALE COMPLETION IS NOT A MYTH: STRATEGIES FOR BLACK MALE ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Location: Student Center, Nelly Goletti Theatre (#31)

This panel will be an opportunity to share some best practices around supporting Black males as they prepare to enter college, and supporting them throughout college. Black males face unique challenges on college campuses and we want to offer some tangible ways they can be supported. 

Presenters:    Kevin Brooks, Post Secondary Readiness Counselor, The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters
                        Daitwan David, Youth Development Specialist, All My People LLC

                        Michael Partis, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, CUNY Brooklyn College
                        Ray L. Seaborough, Access Manager, Bottom Line


LOOKING BACK, THINKING FORWARD: STUDENTS GOING FROM APPLICANT TO ENROLLED
Location: Music Building, 4001 (#31)

Led by college students, this session will delve into how the parts of the college application, financial aid, and matriculation processes impact students’ hearts and minds. Facilitated by their former college counselor, this conversation hopes to provide practitioners the ability to understand how students feel navigating these processes.

Presenter:    Danielle Insel, College Counselor, Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women


LEVERAGING YOUTH LEADERSHIP: BUILDING CAPACITY FOR COLLEGE ACCESS AND SUCCESS
Location: Music Building, 3204 (#31)

In order to enroll and persist in college, students need individualized attention. This session will discuss how training high school and college students to support their peers with the college process can lead to increased capacity and improved enrollment outcomes.

Presenters:    Shari Simon, College Advisor, Comprehensive Development, Inc.
                       Shaquinah Taylor Wright, Director of College Bridge, College Access: Research and Action (CARA)
                       Rebecca Kruge, Director of Right to College, College Access: Research and Action (CARA)

                       Shalema Henderson, Director of College Allies, College Access: Research and Action (CARA)


ENERGIZING ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT & EMPOWERING STUDENT SUCCESS FOR UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS AT SUNY
Location: Music Building, 3202 (#31)

NYS has a projected increase in the high school population as a result of growth in traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. Educational attainment data show that the student populations growing the fastest are attaining the least, with Hispanic and African Americans age 25 and older vastly underrepresented.

Presenters:   Meylin  Andares, Director of Enrollment Management & Student Success, SUNY System
                     Mark Sanders, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management & Student Success, SUNY System