Thursday, July 29

The following are education sessions and other activities planned for the Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) 2021 conference for Thursday, July 29. For the full conference schedule, see the Schedule at a Glance.


Day Three Overview

11 - 11:15 a.m. ET


Breakout Sessions 3

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET



Is There a Doctor in the House? The Benefits and Challenges to Pursuing a Doctoral Program

Are you thinking about pursuing a doctoral program? Join GWI faculty as they share their experiences and journeys through their doctoral programs as full-time employees, parents and more. Panelists will share their reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree as well as how they navigated the admission process and funding their graduate studies. Attendees will leave the session with a sense of how to balance their academic, personal and professional lives and goals.

Presenters: Stephanie Gonzalez, Williams College; Mosadi Porter, Lone Star College - University Park; and Donnell Wiggins, University of Dayton.



Your Perfect Fit: Institutional Structure and CBO Engagement  

Colleges and universities uniquely engage with CBOs depending upon the structure of the institution-- along with how much energy, time, and resources your organization has to support those relationships. Come and discuss best practices on building relationships with CBOs from a centralized, decentralized or selective engagement style. Learn which approaches of engagement best fit your institution. We will also explore the CBO perspective on how each engagement style impacts CBO programming and if certain organizations prefer a centralized, decentralized, or selective CBO engagement style.

Presenters: Allyson Terry, University of Georgia; Lindsey Hunter, Emory University; and Darren Morgan, Arkansas Commitment.



A Story of Native Recruitment

American Indian students make up only 1% of undergraduate enrollment in the US, and less in graduate enrollment. What are institutions doing to support and recruit these students to their campuses? In this session, learn about the continuing recruitment work at one institution and the beginning stages of recruitment at another. How did and can efforts change during virtual recruitment? Explore the history, challenges, and methods happening in Native recruitment and brainstorm techniques that you can bring back to your institution. Frybread not included.

Presenters: Heather Wofford, Oregon State University, and Mike Ouert, Montana State University.


Breakout Sessions 4

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET



Level Up: From Manager to Coach 

Supervising others through an anti-racism lens is a critical component of effective leadership. Leveling up your mindset from one of a manager to that of a coach can be a game-changer in supporting your team to be more engaged and your organization to be more equitable. This highly interactive workshop co-facilitated by an experienced foundation administrator and a certified leadership coach will provide tips, suggestions, and insights that will be relevant and directly applicable to your work the very same day.

Presenters: Marissa Lifshen Steinberger, One Eleven Leadership, LLC, and Ricshawn Admins Roane, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.



College Fit Languages: Tailoring the Admission Process to Fit Diverse Students' Needs

Have you ever felt misaligned with your student(s) during college advising? The EMERGE Fellowship has developed a framework to individualize college preference to empower diverse and underrepresented students within admissions. College Fit Languages act as a bridge between a student’s core values and their college fit. It places the student at the helm of their journey and reiterates the counselor role as a navigator of that journey. High school and admission counselors will gain resources to better speak to their students’ drivers within the admission process for more equitable conversations around college fit, financial match, and navigating contrasting interests.

Presenters: Mayra Valle, Fernando Gomes, and Martin Rincon from EMERGE Fellowship.

Peripheral Recruitment: College Admissions for Foster Care-Involved Youth 

This session focuses on some key tools and tips needed to successfully build and implement recruitment strategies to eliminate the foster care to college gap. Attendees will learn how to identify, market college as a pathway choice, and build a community of support for foster care-involved students. Additionally, attendees will learn the barriers to college students from foster care experience and how to help them navigate challenges associated with realizing their collegiate dreams.

Presenter: Shanté Elliott, TasselTurn Inc.


Small Group Discussions

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. ET



Closing Speaker

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET


Anti-Asian American/AAPI Discrimination: What It Is, and What It Isn't

In the past year and a half, discrimination and hate crimes against Asian Americans have garnered unprecedented attention in the national media. While such discrimination is pervasive, not all assertions around anti-Asian bias are grounded in data. Thus, this presentation will address different misconceptions surrounding the current state of anti-Asian bias both in society and in the sphere of admissions, while drawing attention to pernicious forms of discrimination affecting both AAPI college students and students of color more generally.  .

Presenter: Dr. Julie J. Park, University of Maryland.


Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET



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