Schedule with Zoom Links

Here is your Schedule at a Glance where you will find the Zoom links for all of the sessions. You can review the schedule on this webpage or download the PDF here, which has the Zoom links embedded.

As a reminder, the Zoom link passcode was emailed to you directly. You will need this passcode to access today’s conference. If you are having trouble finding this email, please email Marissa Taylor at to get your confirmation email resent to you. 

To learn more about the sessions and presenters, check out the “Morning Sessions” and “Afternoon Sessions” pages

Thank you and enjoy the 2021 Conference!

Thursday, October 21, 2021
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. NETWORKING
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. WELCOME
9:00 – 9:25 a.m.


Strengths: What They Are and Why They Matter in Education

Ryan M. Niemiec, Education Director, VIA Institute on Character

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Session 1

The How of Character Strengths: Applying Strengths to Yourself and Students

Ryan M. Niemiec, Education Director, VIA Institute on Character

Understanding Youth Mental Health in a Pandemic

Natalie Moser, Director, MSU Psychological Clinic and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

InPACT at Home: Move Together, Be Together, Think Together

Rebecca Hasson, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Lisa Jo Gagliardi, Consultant, LG Gagliardi, LLC: Building a Whole Child Toolbox
Heather Lewis, Kindergarten Teacher, Discovery Elementary

10:20 – 10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Session 2

University of Michigan’s ARC Prep: Engaging Students Through Project-Based Learning Online

Anya Sirota, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and
Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Fostering Engagement and Belonging Online: A Case Study of Three Innovative Programs

Laurie Rivetto, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
Christine Heverly, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
Jackie Martin, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
Janelle Stewart, Extension Educator, Michigan State University

Gen Zoomers and the State of Mind of Post-Pandemic Youth

Cassy Tefft de Munoz, Director, Educational Outreach, Michigan Tech

Sculptures and Sentences: Creating an Interactive Virtual Writing + Art Field Trip

Grace VanderVliet, Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning, Museum of Art, University of Michigan
Megan Gilson, Interim Program and Education Director, 826michigan

11:00 – 11:10 a.m. BREAK
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session 3

Are You Aiming for Meaningful Learning? Student Engagement is Your Key Ingredient!

Angela Marocco, Instructional Learning Specialist, University of Michigan

Re-Imaging Campus Connections and Moving Beyond the Traditional Campus Tour

Laura Saavedra, GEAR UP Program Director, University of Michigan
Sheri Samaha, Senior Program Manager, University of Michigan’s Center for Educational Outreach

Student-Centered Strategies for High School Financial Aid Programming

Charlotte Pierce, College Advisor, Michigan College Advisor Corps, University of Michigan
Matthew Bozzo, Career Navigator, Grand Valley State University Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center

Advocacy Training for Health Care Aspirants

Othelia Pryor, Project Senior Manager, University of Michigan
Robert Holt, Medical Student Mentor, University of Michigan

From High-Potential Teen in High-Risk Area to Medical Doctor

Vy Tran Plata, 4th year Medical Student, University of Michigan

How to Engage Youth Past the Program: Pre-College Alumni Association

Mollie Mfodwo, Manager of Pre-College Programs, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University

Engaging Youth Advisory Councils Virtually

Lauren Vasquez, Program Specialist, Adolescent Health Initiative

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session 4

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

Brandy Johnson, Manager, Office of Sixty by 30
Jamie Jacobs, Deputy Director, Michigan College Access Network

Creating Your Own Recap Near You!

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

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

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

Pathways to Success: College Readiness, Fostering Self-Efficacy, Holistic Development During the Pandemic

Domonique Weston, Assistant Director, University of Michigan

Curating a Pre-College Summer Camp for Design Students: ArcStart On-Campus and Virtual

Julia McMorrough, Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture, University of Michigan
Kristin McDonough, Academic Advisor and Assistant Registrar, University of Michigan

1:50 – 2:00 p.m. BREAK
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session 5

Incorporating Diverse SOGIE (Sexual/Attractional Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) into Your Pre-College Work

Angelika Lewis, Education and Evaluation Coordinator, Ruth Ellis Center

Preparing Pre-College for College Positive Volunteering

Nicole Springer, Director of Institutional Capacity Building, Michigan Campus Compact

Getting Good to Great: Enhancing Your Virtual Program Communities

Marissa Taylor, Program Manager, University of Michigan
Jaselle Valdez, Learning Experience Designer, University of Michigan

Turning Frustration Into Innovation

Stephanie Lewis, Chief HOOD Scientist, Your Friendly NeighborHOOD Scientist

FocuSSTEM NextGen-Innovative Online Programming to Engage At-Risk STEM Students

Katherine Heath, Student, FocuSStem Next Gen

2:50 – 3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session 6

Increasing Pre-College Engagement Through DEIB

Floyd H. Hardin, III, Executive Officer of Equity and College Relations, Rio Salado College

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

Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project

Empowering Youth Mental Health and Wellness

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, Mental Health, and Social Justice in Online Settings

Sunghyun Hong, Doctoral Student, University of Michigan

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

Schwartzen Precil, CEO, Hero Leadership Group – Mentorship Program