Afternoon Sessions Information & Zoom Links

Below you will find more information about the afternoon sessions, including the Zoom links and presentation abstracts. Click on the session you would like to explore. Most sessions have three to four options to choose from. Remember, you will need the passcode that was emailed to you to access these links.

1:00 - 1:50 PM Session2:00 - 2:50 PM Session3:00 - 4:00 PM Session4:00 - 4:30 PM Session

Option 1: State of Michigan’s Education: Past, Present, and Future

SPEAKERS: Brandy Johnson, Manager, Office of Sixty by 30, State of Michigan; Jamie Jacobs, Deputy Director, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)

ZOOM INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKERS
  • Brandy Johnson, Manager, Office of Sixty by 30, State of Michigan
  • Jamie Jacobs, Deputy Director, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (50 mins)
This session will offer perspectives about Michigan’s college enrollment in 2020 and 2021 and the impacts of COVID-19. Leaders Johnson and Jacobs will share thoughts and insights about Michigan’s college access and success priorities, recent successes, current challenges and what’s needed to keep Michigan moving forward toward 60% by 2030. This will include highlights of efforts of the state’s Office of Sixty by 30, Michigan College Access Network, and other partners.

Option 2: How to Create Your Own RECAP – A Cross-Campus Partnership Dedicated to K-12 Success!

SPEAKERS: Raven Jones, Program Manager, Edward Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan; Marissa Taylor, Program Manager, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan

ZOOM INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKERS
  • Raven serves as the program manager for America Reads and leads the Ginsberg Center’s literacy-focused work. In addition to training and coordinating student tutors, raven’s work involves communicating with U of M faculty and school districts’ curriculum coordinators to better enhance the literacy skills of students in Washtenaw County and Wayne County. She also organizes Ginsberg’s Family Literacy Nights and Readers and Best initiatives. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Raven is a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work program here at the University of Michigan. She began working with America Reads as a graduate assistant before becoming a full time staff member in September 2016. Raven began her career in education by working as an elementary school teacher for four years. During that time, she had the opportunity to serve as a literacy specialist, developing a deep understanding of a subject that she believes is critical to students’ success. As a former elementary school educator, Raven is passionate about educational equity for children and youth from underrepresented backgrounds and about training work-study students to serve as literacy tutors in grades k-5, to help address those inequities.
  • Marissa cultivates and manages the brand of CEO within the university and across the state of Michigan to advocate for college access and college readiness. Trained in data analysis, marketing, and design thinking, Marissa combines her knowledge and experience to bring engaging and innovative ideas to the CEO team and campus community. She also manages the development and engagement of the CEO website, CEO data projects, and Youth Hub, the University of Michigan’s online hub for K-12 pre-college programs. As a proud Latinx-Italian college graduate, Marissa joined CEO to share her experience as a first-generation student and a female minority professional within the STEM/IT world.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (50 mins)
Join Raven Jones and Marissa Taylor to create your own RECAP for your own institution to dynamically deepen and strengthen your K-12 programs (both summer and year-long)! RECAP is a collective of U-M campus partners that include the Center for Educational Outreach, the Ginsberg Center, the Center for Academic Innovation, and the School of Education who meet consistently virtually and in-person to strategize their K-12 partnerships and next steps. RECAP surrounds the idea of forming K-12 partnerships with these principles in mind: RELATIONSHIPS EQUITY COMPLIANCE AWARENESS POWER.

Option 3: Adding to Your Collaborative Toolbox: Reflective Card Decks for Public Engagement

SPEAKERS: Ellen Kuhn, Public Engagement Specialist; Elyse Aurbach, Public Engagement Lead, Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

ZOOM INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKERS
  • Ellen Kuhn – To support President Schlissel’s strategic focus area on faculty public engagement, I build partnerships with individuals and units around the University to foster engagement projects that are grounded in mutual trust, reciprocity, and empathy. I work collaboratively to enhance existing public engagement projects; build capacity for effective and ethical public engagement; connect public engagement projects around campus to one another, and foster new conversations between the university and public stakeholders. Previously, I led the nationally award-winning Teens Make History program at the Missouri Historical Society and collaborated on the Terra Cotta Community History Project. I was a 2020 ARIS Fellow.
  • Elyse works to create opportunities for university and public partners can connect, collaborate, and learn from one another. Elyse leads strategy development for Academic Innovation’s part of the U-M Presidential strategic area of focus for faculty public engagement, conceptualizes and carries out projects in collaboration with faculty and staff, and develops opportunities for the campus community to come together and learn with and from one another. Elyse was an ARIS Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and a finalist for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (50 mins)
University stakeholders often conduct collaborative work, but collaboration is admittedly a difficult concept to put into practice. How can we better prepare ourselves and others to work well in such environments? This experiential session will enable participants to use a set of Reflective Card Decks designed to support ethical, effective public engagement. You will have the opportunity to reflect on one of your own projects using the decks and then share your insights with others. At the end of this session, you’ll walk away with another tool for your collaboration toolbox—one that you can come back to again and again.

Option 4: (1) Pathways to Success & (2) Curating a Pre-College Summer Camp (2 Presentation Topics)

PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS – SPEAKER: Domonique Weston, Assistant Director, University of Michigan


CURATING A PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER CAMP – SPEAKERS: Julia McMorrough, Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture, University of Michigan; Kristin McDonough, Assistant Director, University of Michigan

ZOOM INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKER - Pathways to Success
Domonique Weston is a former Detroiter and graduate of Cass Technical High School. She received a B.A. in secondary education from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Domonique’s professional interests include diversity and inclusion, academic and college readiness programming, and student affairs. She leverages her skills in these areas in leading programming that focuses on the holistic development of Wolverine Pathways students. Since Wolverine Pathways’ inaugural year, Domonique has been committed to supporting students in exploring who they are, where they want to go, and finding their path to get there.

FIRST PRESENTATION (25 mins) - Pathways to Success
Pathways to Success: College Readiness, Fostering Self-Efficacy, Holistic Development – During the Pandemic I will discuss the ways in which the University of Michigan’s Wolverine Pathways program has used evaluation and assessment, worked to build community, and prioritized the university’s mission to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Michigan through developing and implementing the Pathways to Success coaching program over the past year, to combat the many barriers our students have faced during the pandemic.

ABOUT SPEAKERS - Curating a Pre-College Summer Camp
  • Julia McMorrough is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (University of Kansas) and a MS in Advanced Architectural Design (Columbia University). Julia is the author of Architecture: Reference and Specification and Drawing for Architects, and her research engages graphic communication in the design and understanding of accessible environments. Both her practice (the design collaborative studioAPT) and research efforts focus on the commitment that design involves a range of overlapping opportunities and responsibilities, and through teaching, she feels fortunate to be able to explore and share the endless facets of the discipline of architecture
  • Kristin McDonough is the assistant director for Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Taubman College, Kristin worked in the College of Engineering at U-M and the Office for Student Engagement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from UM-Dearborn. Kristin is also an Alumni Society Board member for the Dearborn campus and an alumna volunteer for Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority. She is a champion for student development and an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.

SECOND PRESENTATION (25 mins) - Curating a Pre-College Summer Camp
Curating a Pre-College Summer Camp for Design Students: ArcStart On-Campus and VirtualArcStart is a pre-college summer camp, hosted by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, for high school students interested in architecture and design. Join us to learn about how new camp leadership re-designed this long-standing effort into an intentional pipeline program with a key emphasis on equity, community, and building an enthusiastic college-going atmosphere. Our faculty and staff leads will share how they leveraged campus partnerships, student talent, streamlined processes, and a fresh curriculum to elevate the in-person experience one year…and then did it all over again when they were challenged to make it virtual in 2021.

Option 1: Incorporating Diverse SOGIE (Sexual/Attractional Orientation, Gender Identity and Express) into Your Pre-College Work

SPEAKER: Angelika Lewis, Education and Evaluation Coordinator, Ruth Ellis Center

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ABOUT SPEAKER
Angelika Lewis, Education and Evaluation Coordinator, Ruth Ellis Center

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (50 mins)
This training cultivates an awareness of how LGBTQ+ identity can impact the way people navigate social spaces and services. Participants are introduced to SOGIE (Sexual/Attractional Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) in the context of other intersecting social identities, along with concrete behaviors which can be implemented in a variety of roles to increase safety, access to resources, and mental/emotional well-being for LGBTQ+ youth.

Option 2: Preparing Pre-College for College Positive Volunteering

SPEAKER: Nicole Springer, Director, Institutional Capacity Building, Campus Compact

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ABOUT SPEAKER
Nicole Springer, Director, Institutional Capacity Building, Campus Compact

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (50 mins)
College Positive Volunteers (CPVs) are individuals who work with or are planning to work with K-12 students with the goal of helping younger students think about and pursue postsecondary education. Recognizing that campus partnerships with youth-serving organizations are place-based, varied, and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the call for increased inclusivity, this presentation provides an introduction to the College Positive Volunteering and focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Option 3: Getting Good to Great: Enhancing Your Virtual Program Communities

SPEAKER: Marissa Taylor, Program Manager, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan; Jaselle Valdez, Learning Experience Project Manager, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan

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WORKSHOP INFORMATION (50 mins)
There are strong reasons to continue virtual and hybrid programming – larger student audiences, more accessible outside of local communities, self-paced activities, and much more! But can online communities really replace in-person programming? Not really, but there is a way to transform your typical virtual program from watching Zoom passively with a couple of polls thrown into a dynamic experience your students will love and want to come back for more! The key? Developing and sustaining a strong online community between students and the program staff through powerful check-ins, games, music breaks, check-outs, reflection, and much more.

ABOUT SPEAKERS
  • Marissa Taylor cultivates and manages the brand of CEO within the university and across the state of Michigan to advocate for college access and college readiness. Trained in data analysis, marketing, and design thinking, Marissa combines her knowledge and experience to bring engaging and innovative ideas to the CEO team and campus community. She also manages the development and engagement of the CEO website, CEO data projects, and Youth Hub, the University of Michigan’s online hub for K-12 pre-college programs. As a proud Latinx-Italian college graduate, Marissa joined CEO to share her experience as a first-generation student and a female minority professional within the STEM/IT world.
  • Jaselle Valdez, Learning Experience Project Manager, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan

Option 4: Turning Frustration into Innovation & FocuSSTEM NextGen-Innovation (2 Presentation Topics)

TURNING FRUSTRATION INTO INNOVATION – SPEAKER: Stephanie Lewis, Chief HOOD Scientist, Your Friendly NeighborHOOD Scientist


FOCUSSTEM NEXTGEN INNOVATION – SPEAKER: Katherine Heath, Student, FocuSStem Next Gen

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ABOUT SPEAKER - Turning Frustration into Innovation
Stephanie Lewis MSHROD, BSHA has over 20 years in the healthcare industry, and over 5 years leading, developing, and coaching teams. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Management (magna cum laude) from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), and a Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development (cum laude) from EMU. Stephanie is also certified by the Management and Strategy Institute (MSI) in Project Management (Lean Process Certified), Executive Management, and is a certified Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Professional.

FIRST PRESENTATION (25 mins) - Turning Frustration into Innovation
Turning Frustration Into Innovation – Your Friendly NeighborHOOD Scientist (YFNHS) aims to bridge the science knowledge gaps in all communities with a focus on the underrepresented. YFNHS is neither expert nor scientist but we aim to be a conduit for experts to reach the communities that have the questions. Our goal at YFNHS is to normalize and encourage science-based conversation by speaking with the experts in all fields. By having transparent and authentic conversations, we aim to present accurate, non-partisan information so our consumers can make informed decisions based on facts for themselves and their families.

ABOUT SPEAKER - FocuSSTEM NextGen-Innovation
Social Entrepreneur and dedicated STEM student, Katherine Heath, is a sophomore at Duke University, Durham, NC. During high school, she conducted research in the field of cancer imaging where she was mentored by two world-class faculty. These unique experiences inspired Katherine in 2018 to develop the FocuSStem NextGen program (www.FocuSStemNextGen.com), which provides a path for STEM-interested students from under-resourced high schools in Southeastern Michigan to learn about careers in science, technology, and healthcare. As an A.B. Duke Scholar, Katherine is looking forward to continuing her role as a STEM advocate and creating a positive impact in the community.

SECOND PRESENTATION - FocuSSTEM NextGen-Innovation (25 mins)
FocuSSTEM NextGen-Innovative Online Programming to Engage At-Risk STEM Students – FocuSStem NextGen programs provide a path for STEM-interested students in under-resourced high schools in Michigan as an opportunity for an immersive experience at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, an urban academic medical center in Detroit. The vision is to increase the number of high school students who pursue a STEM college major or career. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FocuSStem NextGen was able to quickly pivot from in-person learning to exciting virtual learning using Virtual and Augmented Reality to engage high schoolers. Additional virtual learning opportunities included a team STEM Challenge and Summit focused on innovation and technology in cancer and medicine.

Option 1: Increasing Pre-College Engagement Through DEIB

SPEAKER: Dr. Floyd H. Hardin, III, Executive Officer, Equity and College Relations, Rio Salado College

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ABOUT SPEAKER
Dr. Floyd H. Hardin, III, Executive Officer, Equity and College Relations, Rio Salado College

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (50 mins)
During this session, participants will discuss the importance of utilizing innovative strategies to ensure the academy is welcoming of all students. Participants will hear directly from a student about the importance of feeling a sense of belonging and brainstorm approaches they can implement at their home institutions to ensure all incoming (and existing) learners feel a sense of belonging.

Option 2: Increasing Family Support to Prevent Health Risks and Promote Well-Being for LGBTQ Students

SPEAKER: Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project

ZOOM INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKER
Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (50 mins)
Critical research from the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) has shown that families have a compelling impact on risk and well-being—including suicidal behavior, illegal drug use, sexual health risks and homelessness, as well as on self-esteem, general health and positive development—for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children. Grounded in this research, the Family Acceptance Project developed the first evidence-based family support approach to help prevent health risks and to support positive development for LGBTQ children and youth—in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. This session will discuss FAP’s approach to help diverse families to support LGBTQ students, including resources and strategies to prevent risk and build healthy futures.

Option 3: Empowering Youth Mental Health & Linking Science Communications (2 Presentation Topics)

EMPOWERING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH – SPEAKER: Natalie Cote, Student Mentor/Intern, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, Nawaal Nizam, Workforce Development Specialist, Wayne State University, Zyaire Brownlee, Student Mentor/Intern, Central Michigan University


LINKING SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS – SPEAKER: Sunghyun Hong, Doctoral Student, University of Michigan

ZOOM INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKERS - Empowering Young Mental Health
  • Natalie Cote, Student Mentor/Intern, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network Natalie Cote is a Student Mentor/Intern with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health. Natalie assists with various behavioral health improvement project initiatives, student learner mentor activities, research, and workforce development training. Natalie holds a Master’s in Social Work from Wayne State University.
  • Nawaal Nizam, Workforce Development Specialist, Wayne State University Nawaal Nizam currently works with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network as a Workforce Development Specialist. She assists with various behavioral health initiatives, student learner mentor activities, research, and workforce development training. Nawaal holds a Bachelor’s from Wayne State University.
  • Zyaire Brownlee, Student Mentor/Intern, Central Michigan University Zyaire Brownlee is a Student Mentor/Intern with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network as a Workforce Development Specialist. She assists with various behavioral health initiatives, student learner mentor activities, research, and workforce development training. Zyaire is pursuing a Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University.

FIRST PRESENTATION (25 mins) - - Empowering Young Mental Health
Empowering Youth Mental Health and Wellness – Empowering youth through diversity and inclusion should be unique ensuring that all children have the best educational experience promoting higher learning. Building community in online programs helps create a plan for communication. to include – communicating at the beginning of each module, creating a calendar that details times to contact and touch base before important assignments.
ABOUT SPEAKER - Linking Science Communications
Sunghyun Hong, MSW, is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan Joint Program in Social Work and Psychology. Her interests center on researching the developmental shaping of resilience and applying a strength-based framework to trauma-informed practice. Past two years, Sunghyun worked with Aspirnaut UM to run an online psychological support and academic (science) mentoring group. Before her doctoral study, She engaged in developing culturally competent and evidence-based interventions and worked with adolescents affected by gang violence in underserved communities of color in Chicago. The past experiences cultivated her desire to utilize research, teaching, and mentoring as advocacy for social justice.

SECOND PRESENTATION (25 mins) - Linking Science Communications
Critical research from the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) has shown that families have a compelling impact on risk and well-being—including suicidal behavior, illegal drug use, sexual health risks and homelessness, as well as on self-esteem, general health and positive development—for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children. Grounded in this research, the Family Acceptance Project developed the first evidence-based family support approach to help prevent health risks and to support positive development for LGBTQ children and youth—in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. This session will discuss FAP’s approach to help diverse families to support LGBTQ students, including resources and strategies to prevent risk and build healthy futures.

Option 4: Turning Obstacles & INIT2WINIT (2 Presentation Topics)

TURNING OBSTACLES – SPEAKER: Schwartzen Precil, CEO, Hero Leadership Group – Mentorship Program


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ABOUT SPEAKER - Turning Obstacles
As a 2019 American Best Book award finalist for Young Adult Nonfiction, “Be Your Own Hero: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities,” has taken the literary world by storm. Since 2015, Schwartzen Precil has been recognized for showcasing his leadership development skills at conferences, schools, and community programs across the country. His advocacy for erasing poverty through his, AmeriCorp VISTA year, with leading practices, produced healthier outcomes for low opportunity youth and their families. Providing practical solutions to obstacles faced living in foster care inspired him to write his first young-adult nonfiction book, “Be Your Own Hero: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities.”

PRESENTATION INFORMATION(25 mins) - Turning Obstacles
Turning Obstacles into Opportunities – Award-winning author, Schwartzen Precil, will introduce three of ten key principles that help students grades 5-12 with their ability to bounce back from setbacks. The presentation features three practical ways that show others how to look for the good in tough situations

Raffle Prizes, Conference Closing, PCC 2022 Save the Date

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CONFERENCE CLOSING
Wrap up 2021 PCC with a raffle and a message from Grand Valley State University about PCC 2022.
Win a free college access book, swag bags, beanies, tumblers, and more during the Conference Raffle at the end of the day! Must be on Zoom link to be considered for the raffle! Join us at 4:00 PM for the conference closing ceremony