Wednesday, July 28

The following are education sessions and other activities planned for the Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) 2021 conference for Wednesday, July 28. For the full conference schedule, see the Schedule at a Glance.


Day Two Overview

11 - 11:15 a.m. ET


Plenary 2

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


How to Be An Ally in Antiracism Work

It's one thing to be aware that racism needs to be addressed, but it's another matter to actually address it. Learn practical strategies for addressing systemic inequalities at your institution that rob people of color of their psychological safety and professional advancement. Let's move from cognitive awareness to active allyship.

Presenter: Lawrence Alexander, Carney Sandoe & Associates.


Lightning Session

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



Narrowing the Exposure Gap

We don't have a talent gap in this country, we have an exposure gap. Our young people have talent, but we aren't doing all we can to make them aware of it. It's true that most students choose a major with very limited exposure to 21st century opportunities and an even more limited understanding of their innate abilities, but this problem is amplified for minorities, women, and first-generation college students. A lack of awareness around natural gifts and an over-reliance on subjective interest assessments (influenced by exposure or a lack thereof) has contributed to inequity and underrepresentation on college campuses and in careers.

Presenter: Alexandra Ellison, Davidson Academy of Nevada.



Keeping Students' Feet on the Ground and Eyes on the Prize

We do an injustice to students by counseling them all the same. Even in the wealthiest schools there are less privileged students desiring a degree for upward mobility. Earning a degree in a field likely to result in gainful employment at a higher wage, not a low-skilled job must take priority. Drawing upon research and experience with many first generation students and being one myself, this session helps counselors equip these students with tools to discern the employment realities and have practical backup plans, even as they dream big.

Presenter: Carolyn Kost, Cardinal Newman High School.



Reshaping College Admissions for 21st Century Mathematics

As educators redesign math pathways to expand equitable college opportunities, admissions policies can pose unique obstacles. Traditional math requirements have long served as a gatekeeper to selective colleges as well as competitive majors. How can we ensure that the way math figures into the admissions process is as equitable as possible? A diverse panel representing policy and college admissions will discuss the impact that reshaping math pathways and admissions processes can have on broadening students’ access to college.

Presenters: Suyen Machado, UCLA/LA Unified School District, and Robert Gould, UCLA.



Universal Design for Postsecondary Readiness & Inclusion for ALL Learners

It is our common knowledge that the pathway to college for historically underrepresented students presents barriers across ethnic, cultural and socio-economic bounds. For neuro-diverse students whose marginalized identity intersects with disability or impairment, these hurdles stretch even higher. Using the lens of universal design for learning (UDL) framework, this lightning session will empower attendees to demonstrate practices, create materials and show up as allies in ways that support the inclusion of ALL students within the college readiness and transition process.

Presenter: LaShone Gibson, PhD student.


Breakout Sessions 2

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET



The Power of Building Relationships in the Profession

Professional Relationships are powerful. Not all relationships are made equal and not every relationship can help you move forward professionally. Mentoring is like fountain. As you are poured into, you must also pour into others, continuing the flow. Wisdom gained from mentoring relationships is not just found with anyone. This session will provide what to look for in a mentor and how to build strong relationships. Come experience how each presenter built strong relationships and the knowledge they gained from having solid mentor relationships.

Presenters: Beverly Woodson Day, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Mosadi Porter, Lone Star College - University Park; and Beverly Henry Wheeler, Hendrix College.



Don’t Forget About the Tour Guides: Teaching Cultural Competency to Campus Tour Guides

This is an hour, interactive workshop that focuses on helping tour guides develop cultural competency. The workshop is divided into three parts. First, the presenters will discuss current efforts, including learning outcomes and assessment, to teach tour guides cultural competency. Second, the presenters will move to live discussion to discuss what challenges and obstacles they see when training cultural competency to tour guides. Additionally, the presenters will share some best practices.. Third, the workshop will include group scenarios on effective strategies for teaching cultural competency to campus tour guides.

Presenters: Curtis Ferguson, University of Southern California, and Derek DuBose, University of Denver.



Championing Undocumented College Student Success

Undocumented college students face a variety of obstacles to college access and success that not only impact their admissions process and time on campus but also their transition to career success. These obstacles were exacerbated by the turmoil of 2020, namely the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a year of ever-changing threats to DACA. From our experience serving thousands of Dreamers across 70+ institutions, this session will provide an overview of the lessons learned from a year of turmoil and share promising practices to (re)engage undocumented college students in and through college with an eye toward their success post-graduation. We will be joined by representatives from North Park University to share their best practices on campus.

Presenters: Ireri Rivas Mier y Teran, TheDream.US, and Evelyn Aponte-Aucutt, North Park University.


Small Group Discussions

3:10 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET



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