Afternoon Sessions Information

Below you will find more information about the afternoon sessions, including the presentation abstracts. Click on the session you would like to explore. There are six concurrent sessions to choose from.

Each session is tagged in one of four tracks: DEI & Belonging, Mental Health, Programming, and Tech. The audience is also listed as being great for one of the following: First Year Outreach Professional, 3+ Years in Outreach Work, 5+ Years in Outreach Work.

Thank you and enjoy!

1:30 - 2:30 PM Session

Room CDEF Grand Rapids Panel

Speakers Adriana Almanza (Grand Rapids Public Schools),
Belinda Bardwell (Native American Student Initiative),
Rodney Brown (Principal, Grand Rapids Learning Center High School / GRLC @ GRCC),
Mei Mah (GVSU Center for Educational Partnerships),
Dr. Jason McGhee (Principal, Innovation Center High School)

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience 5+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (60 mins)
Join experts and leaders from around the Grand Rapids region to learn about outreach opportunities, trends and lessons learned that are focused in the GR area.

Room A Preparing Students for Careers in Health Care

Speaker Patricia Coleman-Burns, University of Michigan School of Nursing

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience 5+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (60 mins)
Participants will walk away from the workshop with a recognition of the unique roles, responsibilities, values, and scope of practice of various health professions including nursing, public health, medicine, social work, physical therapy, etc. They will be able to differentiate the educational requirements for various pathways to health professional careers in clinical and academic practice (with a STEAM foci) and counsel students with best practices in choosing the best healthcare profession pathway. Finally, we will collectively identify and share resources especially for bridging the gap for underrepresented persons in the health professions, especially creating a network among participants.

Room B Session Presentations

First Presentation The Math Corps and the Fight for Mathematical Literacy in Michigan

Speaker  Steve Kahn, WSU Math Corps

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (30 mins)
The vast majority of students in Detroit, and in many other underserved communities in Michigan, enter high school as mathematically illiterate – lacking the fundamental understandings and skills that comprise basic arithmetic. This often robs them of the kinds of educational opportunities that all kids deserve. The Math Corps, a university outreach program with sites now at Wayne State, U. of M. Ann Arbor, U. of M. Dearborn, and Oakland University, has developed (over thirty years) a curriculum that suggests a solution. We’ll describe the program and the curriculum, and discuss a possible way forward for schools.

Second Presentation Integrating Virtual and In-Person Outreach at The MSU Bug House

Speaker Amanda Lorenz, Michigan State University

Track Programming – In-Person again!

Audience First Year Outreach Professional

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (30 mins)
The Bug House at Michigan State University provides a unique setting for public outreach. Located on MSU’s main campus, we offer educational programs for the general public, including school groups and student clubs, training opportunities for students, educational resources for teachers, and outreach to prospective undergraduate students. Over the past few years, the Bug House has shifted from a format that was mostly in-person, to an all-virtual format necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and most recently to include offerings that are both virtual and in-person. This presentation will discuss these shifts and how we adapted to meet the challenges therein.

Room G Session Presentations

First Presentation Using Data Tools to Promote a College-Going Culture

Speaker Cheyenne Peters, Michigan College Access Network

Track Technology – Tools for Success!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (30 mins)
Learn how to navigate three Michigan College Access Network public tools – Impact Map, Free Application for Federal Student Aid Tracker, and the Roadmap to Opportunity – that can be utilized to create a successful college-going culture strategy.

Second Presentation Google Sites – Reimagine All Resources & Toolkits

Speaker Marissa Taylor, University of Michigan – Center for Educational Outreach

Track Technology – Tools for Success!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (30 mins)
Join us as we showcase three different examples of moving resources that were created during the last two years into Google Sites. One example includes a resource for faculty exploring outreach in the high school space; another is a similar resource but geared towards college student organizations. The last resource is for high school students as they explore various pathways after high school and how best to support their college-going journey. The audience will learn why we moved these resources to Google Sites and how best to use the tool for resources that are PDFs, newsletters, or other formats!

Room 201 Session Presentations

First Presentation Redefining Professionalism: Fostering Sense of Belonging in Young Professionals through DEI Lens

Speaker Tabatha Reynolds, University of Michigan

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (30 mins)
For marginalized individuals and communities, professional development opportunities can be limited, yet they are required for success in professional settings. SummerWorks provides such opportunities for local young adults, aged 16-24. Within the context of higher education, we must center DEI as we work to position youth for academic/career success. Our program looks to specifically foster a sense of belonging through DEI and work with the next generation to redefine professionalism. This year we have focused on cultivating a group culture of inclusivity, adjusted curriculum materials using a DEI lens, and revised our mentorship matching process as well as our recruitment efforts.

Second Presentation International Youth Day: Innovation Collaboratory

Speaker Luna Lu

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience First Years in Outreach Work

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (30 mins)
On behalf of the Global Youth Advancement Network team at Michigan State University, I would like to present our initiative International Youth Day: Innovation Collaboratory. This event takes place on the United Nations recognized day for international youth. We invite youth representatives across the globe to submit proposal presentations related to sustainable development and recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our vision is to create a platform for global youth to speak about their positive contributions to their communities and nations.
By attending this gathering of thoughtful, passionate doers from around the world, young people expand their network, meet partners, learn from youth with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and build intergenerational dialogues with experts. This celebration is a strategic and timely approach to drive our world toward a solutions-oriented future through youth-led innovation!
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 from 3:45 to 4:15 PM for the conference closing ceremony