Morning Sessions Information

Below you will find more information about the morning 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!

9:00 - 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions

Room CDEF GEAR UP Statewide Panel with GU Program Directors

Speakers Jamar Lockhart (Wayne State University), Samantha Luna-Simmons (Michigan State University), Laura Saavedra (University of Michigan), Bobby J. Springer (Grand Valley State University), Jannah Tumey (Michigan Technological University)

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience 5+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (60 mins)
Join various GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) leaders and experts from around the State share their experience and lessons learned as their cohort of students enter their high school years.

Room A Engaging Students with Technology Tools

Speakers Barbara Stevens, Grand Valley State University, and David Nivala, Grand Valley State University

Track Technology – Tools for Success!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (60 mins)
This presentation covers a variety of collaboration and presentation tools to boost learning and teaching in the classroom.

Room B Behavioral Science Best Practices for Messaging Students via Digital Technology

Speaker Ross O’Hara, Persistence Plus LLC

Track Track Technology – Tools for Success!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (60 mins)
Whether you email, text, or tweet at students, you probably wonder if there’s a better way to engage them. There is! In this session, you will learn why your digital outreach should lead with caring, inspire a conversation, learn about your students, and leverage behavioral science. You will then apply these best practices to student communications and discuss how these strategies pertain to challenges and barriers faced by your students today. You will leave with a better understanding of how to align your digital communication with the principles and mission of your advising practice.

Room G Re-Imagining a Pre-College Program after 2 Years

Speaker Laurie Rivetto, Michigan State University

Track Programming – In-Person again!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (60 mins)
4-H Exploration Days is a pre-college experience on the campus of Michigan State University. Youth participants, ages 12-19, stay on the campus for three days and two nights, attend a variety of sessions and free time offerings, and leave with new relationships and a greater awareness of possible career paths. After 2 years away, 2022 provided a chance to reimagine the event. This session will address the changes made particularly in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; use of technology; and support for the mental health of youth participants and adult volunteers.

Room 201 Session Presentations

First Presentation MI Student Aid: Making College Accessible, Affordable, and Attainable!

Speaker Emily Hurtado-Arboleda, Michigan Department of Treasury – MI Student Aid

Track Programming – In-Person again!

Audience First Year Outreach Professional

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (30 mins)
Join us for an engaging discussion about the State Financial Aid programs, and the resources and support available through MI Student Aid. Participants attending this workshop will hear successful outreach strategies, learn about MI Student Aid’s new regional approach, and how to implement MI Student Aid services into their work with students. Attendees will also get the opportunity to participate in an interactive activity offered by the MI Student Aid Outreach team.

Second Presentation All Together for Computer Science Education

Speaker Cheryl Wilson, Michigan Department of Education

Track Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Audience First Year Outreach Professional

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (30 mins)
We have a problem: according to Code.org, computing occupations are now the #1 source of new wages in America, but only 44% of high schools offer computer science (CS) courses in Michigan. We can work to solve this problem by defining CS, how it fits in the Michigan Merit Curriculum, helping students explore pathways to CS careers, and encouraging all students to try CS. Join this session to learn how you can help solve the CS problem.

Room 203 Session Presentations

First Presentation “After the School Day, What’s Next?” Exploring Refugee Youths’ Engagement in After-School Programs

Speaker Ashley Cureton, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Social Work & School of Education

Track Programming – In-Person again!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (30 mins)
This presentation explores refugee youths’ motivation and engagement in after-school activities. First, refugee students were involved in school-based programs with the goal to share cultural and racial identities, process past traumas, and manage homesickness. Second, refugee youth preferred to seek out homework assistance from stakeholders associated with refugee-led organizations instead of school staff due to their high level of familiarity and trust with them. Finally, refugee youth participated in community-based organizations that encouraged their engagement in civic activities. Recommendations are offered about how schools and community partners can assist refugee students in becoming more involved with after-school programs.

Second Presentation The Challenges of Returning a High School Research Internship Program to Campus

Speaker Adam Iliff, University of Michigan

Track Programming – In-Person again!

Audience 3+ Years in Outreach Work

PRESENTATION INFORMATION (30 mins)
The Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan developed the Aspirnaut Summer Research Internship Program as a tool to support high school students from under-resourced communities to increase their interest and persistence in STEM postsecondary education. This presentation will highlight the challenges and opportunities that emerged while returning the program to campus during the strain of the post-pandemic “return to normalcy”.
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