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Create Your Own Curriculum Across Age Groups  

Concurrent I, Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Magnolia

Xong  Lor, Academic Advisor, University of Arkansas

Providing unique and engaging workshops to 7th-12th grade students under a tight budget can be a challenge. In this session, we will discuss sources of inspiration and strategies for thinking outside the box during the development of curriculum. Participants will experience how to transform basic college readiness topics into innovative hands-on workshops for today’s student.

How to Increase ACT Scores and Win Scholarships

Concurrent I, Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Camelia

Craig Gehring, MasteryPrep

In this session, MasteryPrep Founder and ACT/SAT perfect scorer Craig Gehring gets down to the brass tacks of what are the fastest ways to produce ACT score increases. You’ll leave this session with immediately actionable, proven strategies that you can share with your teachers to boost scores campus wide.

Under-Resourced Student Across the Campus

Concurrent I, Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Azalea

Shanna Sasser, Director TRIO Center , San Juan College

There are many opportunities for colleges to improve how they reach out to the under-resourced college student.  This presentation will present ideas that can be implemented from the classroom to student services that will improve the retention and persistence of this student population. The presentation will begin with a 7 minute video that introduces the concept, 30 minute PowerPoint presentation on the incorrect assumptions of colleges and how they serve this population, followed by techniques to improve retention and persistence across the campus. There will be small group/table discussion and presentations.

 Target Audience: Educational Opportunity Center, Veteran's Upward Bound, Student Support Services,

McNair Scholars Program

Greening Youth Foundation

Concurrent I, Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Beauregard

Eboni Preston, Director of Programs, Greening Youth Foundation

The Greening Youth Foundation’s mission is to work with diverse youth and young adults in an effort to develop environmental stewards, promote environmental education, and provide service and       internship opportunities that create pathways to careers in conservation. Through internships,        apprenticeships, and service crews, the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) provides participants with skills, transformative experiences, and support that prepares them as the next generation of global environmental leaders. Using specialized trainings, marketable certifications, and mentorship, GYF places over 500 youth and young adults in positions each year across the United States, 3 U.S. territories, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia. GYF hopes to partner with SWASAP in an effort to support the TRiO program, and provide students with opportunities for advancement in their academic journeys and professional  careers.  


Target Audience: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program


Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors and Emotions

Concurrent I, Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Salon IV Andrea Hathcote, Coordinator, Tyler Junior College

Syma Moody, Academic Advisor, Navarro College

Students who exhibit challenging behaviors and strong emotional responses can be intimidating to support staff professionals.  They often have difficulty in the classroom, in friendships and relationships and in complying with program requirements.  As a TRIO professional, how do you know when and how to respond?  Is this is an academic-based behavioral issue through which you can coach the student? Is the behavior an emotional issue that a mental health provider needs to address? This presentation will focus on clarifying the difference between the two as well as offering strategies to coach your challenging student.

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students , Professionals serving college students

Guidelines, Strategies and Value of a Sophisticated TRIO Alumni Network

Concurrent I, Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Orleans

Nicole Norfles, Council for Opportunity in Education

 Struggling to engage and organize alumni? Join this session to discuss how to foster an Alumni identity with current students and target graduates whom have already completed your program. Learn how to gather data and get alumni involved to increase your programmatic benefits. Start building a stronger alumni network today! 

Guiding Students Through The Graduate School Application

Concurrent II, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm, Magnolia

Kyle Farris, Sr. Student Program Advisor, University of New Mexico Ricardo Romero, Director, University of New Mexico

In today's workforce, it has become increasingly necessary for students to obtain advanced graduate degrees to be competitive in their job applications. However, the application to graduate school is a complex process that many students find daunting. This workshop will provide resources for TRIO staff to assist their students in the application to graduate programs. We will address such topics as how to find the right schools for a student's interests, Masters vs. PhD programs, and how to guide a student in crafting a convincing letter of intent. The workshop is particularly recommended for TRIO SSS personnel working at four year institutions without a McNair Program or other such graduate prep programs.

Partnering TRIO with Career Centers

Concurrent II, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:45 am 12:00 pm, Salon IV Raylkea Rideau, Career Coach, LSU Olinde Career Center

The LSU Olinde Career Center is directed to assist all university students in their career development. To guide students through the process, a 4-Year Career Plan was developed and is distributed widely around campus. While effective generically, many sub-populations of students have difficulty conforming and adhering to the career plan due to outside requirements, influences, or backgrounds. These unique circumstances create hurtles for students to be individually successful in their career development. This presentation will cover the career development issues facing TRIO students and facilitate a discussion of best practices for developing a career plan tailored to the unique needs of TRIO students. .

Target Audience: Upward Bound,  Professionals serving college students, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program

Safe Space Training Part 1

Concurrent II, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm, Azalea

LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs 

The goal of the Safe Space Campaign is to identify and educate individuals who will affirm and  support all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. People displaying the Safe Space symbol are committed to combating hatred and discrimination through assistance and support. Objectives of the Safe Space Training: To advocate, education, and build community on LGBTQ issues; To identify individuals who are empathetic and informed about queer issues, and help them on their path toward allyship; To create visible support for the LGBTQ community on campus; For non-allies: demonstrate best practices for working with LGBTQ individuals on a       professional level

College Prep Step-by-Step

Concurrent II, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm, Beauregard

Ryan Eller, Co-Founder, Paradigm Shift

The best kind of learning occurs when our whole self is involved. Our physical, mental, and social selves all play an important part of capturing what we have learned and applying it moving       forward.  In this session, you will learn how to use more experiential based practices in your TRiO program! Join us as we show you how to invest fun and teamwork into your TRiO program. You will experience a wide range of new and classic activities allowing counselors to facilitate name games, icebreakers, leadership initiatives and team building activities centered around TRiO’s core          curriculum. You will leave being able to use these nearly propless activities at your next school  meeting or workshop, gaining rapport with your students and creating an environment of success and achievement.

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students

 Partnering TRIO with Career Centers

Concurrent II, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:45 am 12:00 pm, Salon IV Raylkea Rideau, Career Coach, LSU Olinde Career Center

The LSU Olinde Career Center is directed to assist all university students in their career development. To guide students through the process, a 4-Year Career Plan was developed and is distributed widely around campus. While effective generically, many sub-populations of students have difficulty conforming and adhering to the career plan due to outside requirements, influences, or backgrounds. These unique circumstances create hurtles for students to be individually successful in their career development. This presentation will cover the career development issues facing TRIO students and facilitate a discussion of best practices for developing a career plan tailored to the unique needs of TRIO students. .

Target Audience: Upward Bound,  Professionals serving college students, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program

Don't Be Dismayed by Disclosures Part I: Sexual Assault Dynamics and  Advocacy

Concurrent III, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Magnolia

Brittany Hunt, Justice Systems Coordinator, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual      Assault

Sexual assault is a pervasive problem in the lives of many students, and can have a severe impact on finances, academic achievement, and mental health. One in five women and one in thirty-three men will be sexually assaulted by the end of college. As a trusted adult and mentor, you need to know how to recognize the signs of sexual abuse, and how to respond when a student discloses their assault to you. This session will go over the basics of what sexual assault looks like, and how you can help those around you deal with the aftermath of a  sexual assault. This session will be continued in "Don't Be Dismayed by Disclosures Part II," but can be attended individually.

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational

Opportunity Center, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Professionals serving      college students, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program

Foster Care Alumni and Higher Education:  Factors of Attending and Completing.  

Concurrent III, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Camelia

Victoria McWiliams, Coordinator, UT Arlington Pre College Programs

More than twenty thousand children in the foster care system exit because they are formally    emancipated or have reached the age of majority within their home state each year.  These children are wholly ill prepared to take on the full responsibilities of adult life and often times end up    homeless, incarcerated or suffer other ill consequences as a result of their foster care experience.    National estimates believe there are over 150,000 young people who have aged out of foster care between the ages of 18-25 that are eligible to attend a college.  Seventy-nine percent of these young people express a desire to go to college.  For these potential college students, factors of attending and completing college are compounded by their instability in housing, fluid primary and secondary education and lack of knowledge in the college going process.  This research looks at those students who have aged out of the foster care system; their decision to go to college and their continued    decision to stay enrolled at a four-year public institution using a qualitative research design.   LPC, LSW, NCC CEU Credit: Human growth and development , Counseling theories / methods,  Research,

Target Audience: Educational Opportunity Center, Professionals serving college students, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program

Safe Space Training Part 2

Concurrent III, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:45 pm 3:00 pm, Azalea

LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs 

The goal of the Safe Space Campaign is to identify and educate individuals who will affirm and support all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. People displaying the Safe Space symbol are committed to combating hatred and discrimination through assistance and support. Objectives of the Safe Space Training: To advocate, education, and build community on LGBTQ issues; To identify individuals who are empathetic and informed about queer issues, and help them on their path toward allyship; To create visible support for the LGBTQ community on campus; For non-allies: demonstrate best practices for working with LGBTQ individuals on a professional level 

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education

Concurrent III, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Beauregard

Michael Hackman, Managing Director, Education Programs, Uncommon Individual Foundation  

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education is a (no cost) college and career readiness eLearning system designed to help 9th–12th graders successfully navigate high school, understand the process to attain a post-secondary education and how to pay for that experience. Curriculum content is delivered through a series of short, grade specific videos. Workshop attendees will be given an in-depth demonstration of the OnTrack system to include open discussion on  implementation options. Visit ontrackpse.com 

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students, Upward Bound, Talent Search,  Upward Bound Math and Science,  Student Support Services

  Persisting Against the Odds

Concurrent III, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Salon IV

Josh Howard, Director of Persistence and Partnerships, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Lauren Robinson, Managing Director of Academic Programs, Baton Rouge Youth       Coalition

The odds are stacked against a huge part of our students in the southern United States. Minority  students and those who identify across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum are attending college in droves, and while that's exciting, they need increased support. How can we support them on our universities? Better yet, how can we give them the supportive tools before they step foot on college campuses?  We'll use data and discuss some best practices at how these  amazing students - often marginalized and forgotten - can thrive and be their best.

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students, Educational Opportunity Center, Professionals serving college students, Student Support Services, 

 Don't Be Dismayed By Disclosures Part II: Navigating the Ins and Outs of Reporting Laws

Concurrent IV, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm, Magnolia

Josef Canaria, Campus Coordinator, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault 

When a student discloses to you about an incident of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or child sex abuse, it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to navigate around various protocols and procedures to promptly and effectively respond and protect a student's overall safety and wellbeing. Canaria will discuss the proper ways to handle disclosures through a trauma-informed lens while following the proper guidelines set up by Title IX, the Clery Act, and other state and federal laws through a consent-centered framework. This session will build off of "Don't Be Dismayed By  Disclosures Part I," but can be attended individually.

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational

Opportunity Center, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Professionals serving      college students, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program

 Bringing the Heat

Concurrent IV, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm, Camelia

Billy Ray Huggins, Project Director, University of Arkansas - Little Rock Xong  Lor, Academic Advisor, University of Arkansas

This session will demonstrate how to integrate advocacy into your TRIO program (in an allowable way). It will highlight the benefits it provided for Talent Search/Upward Bound students, their      programs, and the TRIO community. Participants will gain a better understanding of COE’s ongoing national advocacy efforts, and how NSLC supports these efforts.  Participants will also experience how to transform the topic of civic engagement into workshops for today’s students.  

Target Audience: Upward Bound, Talent Search

 Safe Space Training Part 3

Concurrent IV, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm, Azalea

LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs

The goal of the Safe Space Campaign is to identify and educate individuals who will affirm and  support all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. People displaying the Safe Space symbol are committed to combating hatred and discrimination through assistance and support. Objectives of the Safe Space Training: To advocate, education, and build community on LGBTQ issues; To identify individuals who are empathetic and informed about queer issues, and help them on their path toward allyship; To create visible support for the LGBTQ community on campus; For non-allies: demonstrate best practices for working with LGBTQ individuals on a        professional level

 BOT - Blumen Online Database for TRIO

Concurrent IV, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm, Beauregard

Robert Vassar, Blumen 

Come see why BLUMEN ONLINE is the preferred database throughout TRIO. During this session the Blumen rep will show you features that 100's of TRIO programs utilize every day to manage their student APR data, contacts, and much more. I will demonstrate how to easily add new students,  update student data, including APR data, quickly scan APR fields to find validation errors, generate reports and send text messages to your students. How to utilize our PR Points feature to ensure you are meeting the standard program objectives to analyze the overall program, manage staff and allow counselors to manage their workload. So come by and get blumenized!!!

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students,  Professionals serving college students

 Broke Girlz Travel Too: Life Skills Learned from Traveling

Concurrent IV, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm, Salon IV

Aeryel  Williams, PhD Student/Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University

Aeryel "Sunshine" Williams, a current PhD Student at Louisiana State University, self-published Broke Girlz Travel Too in February 2017. The book was inspired by her travels as a college student during her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral experiences. The workbook and travel diary is designed to inspire and influence domestic and international travel among students of color on a budget!  The goal of the presentation is to discuss in depth how traveling domestically and            internationally can increase a student's skill set, this personal and professional development can be applied inside and outside of the classroom, as well as beyond graduation. Session will include presentation and panel discussion about transferable skills gained through travel. The audience will have an opportunity to engage with panelists through discussion. The presenter/host is well traveled, having lived in 6 states, traveled to 10 international destinations including 2 of the 7 Wonders and travels at least 2-3 times a month including personal and professional trips. The theoretical      framework for this presentation spans the student development theory spectrum including identity development theory, transition theory, ethnic development theory, reflective judgement model, and moral development. Program Outline: Introduction 3 mins  Ice Breaker 7 mins  Review of Broke Girlz Travel Too 10 mins  Break down of theories and skill development 10 mins  Panel discussion  30 mins 


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