Student Advocates Conference

Speakers

Sponsors

Schedule

  • 16 December
  • 17 December

Caitlyn Beck

Operations Manager
Indiana INTERNnet

17 December

Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO
Beyond 12
Alexandra (Alex) Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a high-tech, high-touch nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with mobile technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who graduate from college. She has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in the nonprofit and private sectors. Immediately before launching Beyond 12, Alex was an entrepreneur in residence at NewSchools Venture Fund where she developed the business plan for Beyond 12.

Alex's previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office; executive director of Foundation for a College Education, a nonprofit college access program; co-founder and vice president of marketing at educational travel startup Explorica; director of operations at EF Education; and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation. Alex currently serves on the board of directors of Great Oakland Public Schools and the board of advisors of the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College.

Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the 2011 NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year award, a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service winner, a Stanford University Alumni Excellence in Education Award honoree, a Fellow of the 22nd class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In addition, Beyond 12 was named one of the world's 10 most innovative education companies by Fast Company and the organization’s MyCoach mobile app won the 2016 Xammy Award for best social impact app from Xamarin, a Microsoft- owned mobile development platform.

16 December

Jen Berry

Lead Academic Advisor - 21st Century Scholars Program
Indiana University
Jen Berry is the Lead Academic Advisor for the 21st Century Scholars Program at IU Bloomington. They have been with the program since 2013. 

16 December

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Paula Birt

Assistant Vice President of K-14 Initiatives & ASAP
Ivy Tech Community College
Dr. Paula Birt is the Assistant Vice President of K-14 Initiatives & ASAP at Ivy Tech Community College. 

17 December

Janet Boyle

Executive Director - CELL
University of Indianapolis
Dr. Janet Boyle serves as the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis. 

16 December

Amanda Bremmer

Associate Director Student Life and Development
Ivy Tech Community College
Experienced Associate Director of Student Life, Leadership, and Development with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. Skilled in Event Planning, Higher Education Administration, Admissions, Leadership Development, and Student Leadership. She is a strong engineering professional with a Master of Science focused in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University.

16 December

Kayla Brewer

Educational Ambassador
Foster Success
Kayla is a youth who has experienced foster care and is a sophomore at IUPUI. Kayla also serves as an Educational Ambassador and provides support for youth who have experienced foster care. Kayla serves on the Indiana Youth Advisory Board Statewide Leadership Team and advocates for foster youth across the state. 

16 December

Renz Buenavista

Student Staff, Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center
Purdue University

Amber Burbrink

AmeriCorps ScholarCorps
Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus

Samantha Burke

Vice President, Programming and Development
Pass the Torch for Women
Samantha Burke serves as the Vice President of Programming and Development for Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that meets women no matter where they are in their careers and supports them through mentorship. She is a founder of a nonprofit and upcoming published author.

16 December

Kyra Campbell

Student Leader
Foster Success
Kyra Campbell is a student at Ball State University.

16 December

Dawn Clark

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Dawn Clark is the Director of Academic Affairs and Transfer with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. She leads the work on Indiana’s transfer initiatives, which include the Core Transfer Library (CTL), Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC), and the Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAPs).

17 December

Riah Coley

Academic Advisor, University College Mentoring and Coaching Coordinator for Students in Transition
Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus

Brittany Collins

Postsecondary Outreach and Career Transitions Manager
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Brittany Collins serves as Postsecondary Outreach and Career Transitions Manager at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. She leads CHE’s partnership with several federal grant programs focused on capacity-building for college access and success. Brittany holds a bachelor’s in psychology and certificate in public relations from IUPUI, and her graduate work in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University.

16 December

17 December

Dr. Michael Couch

Director of Financial Aid Outreach
Ivy Tech Community College
Dr. Michael A. Couch II is the Director of Financial Aid Outreach for Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana. 

17 December

Ariel Crawley

Director of IvyWorks - Indy Women in Tech
Ivy Tech Community College
Ariel Crawley is the Director of IvyWorks - Indy Women in Tech at Ivy Tech Community College. She is also the 2019 Mira Award Tech Educator of the Year. 

17 December

David Cross

Fortis College
David is an award-winning Career Services Director, specializing in skilled trades and healthcare careers.

16 December

Dr. Sue Ellspermann

President
Ivy Tech Community College
Sue Ellspermann became Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president on July 1. She now leads the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving over 170,000 students a year. Dr. Ellspermann has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

She most recently served as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor from 2013 until March of this year. As part of that role she served as President of the Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, as well as overseeing six agencies. As the vice chair of the Indiana Career Council she led efforts to align Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet the needs of employers. Her public service began in 2010 when she was elected as the State Representative for District 74. 

Ellspermann formerly served as the founding Director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana and also owned and operated Ellspermann and Associates, Inc, an independent consulting firm licensed in the training and facilitation of Simplex Creative Problem Solving.  

Early in her career she spent time with Frito-Lay and Michelin Tire Corporation. Ellspermann holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. from Purdue University also in Industrial Engineering.

She is married to James Mehling, a recently retired high school principal. She has a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons and two granddaughters.

17 December

Dr. Trent Engbers

Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration/Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
University of Southern Indiana
Dr. Trent A. Engbers serves as the faculty member on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Commission. He is the Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program for the University of Southern Indiana. Trent is a former Peace Corp volunteer, an experienced college educator and nonprofit consultant. He previously taught at University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, DePaul University School of Public Service and the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs. With over a dozen years’ experience in college education and professional training, Trent is available for training and consultations in organizational development, leadership, nonprofit fundraising and board development. He was a 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching. Trent holds degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri and Indiana University.

17 December

Carolina Forman

Assistant Director of Intercultural Learning and Engagement
Indiana Wesleyan University
Carolina Forman serves as the Assistant Director in the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement Indiana Wesleyan University. 

17 December

Kylie Fredrickson

Director of Youth Engagement
Foster Success
Kylie Fredrickson is the Director of Youth Engagement for Foster Success, an organization committed to supporting older foster youth transitioning out of the foster care system.

16 December

Coleen Gabhart

Student
Purdue University
Coleen Gabhart is the student representative on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. A 2018 graduate Ivy Tech Community College where she earned an Associates of Science with a Global Studies Certificate. She is currently a student in the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University. While at Ivy Tech, Coleen served as Vice President then later President of the Student Body of the Lafayette campus. She also served as the Student Representative on the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and as an intern for the government relations office. Coleen is passionate about the agriculture industry, serving as an active member in FFA and 4-H.

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Josh Garrison

Associate Commissioner for Legislation and Program Implementation
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Josh Garrison is the Associate Commissioner for Legislation and Program Implementation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, where he is responsible for the Commission’s legislative agenda. While at the Commission, Josh has focused on implementing the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, increasing opportunities for returning adults and addressing the alignment between education and the workforce. Prior to joining the Commission, he held positions with Iowa State University, the Michigan Department of Human Services, and as a private practice attorney. Josh holds a B.S. in Politics and Government from Illinois State University and a J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

16 December

Shivani Goyal

Education Specialist
La Plaza
Shivani is the Education Specialist at La Plaza. Her experiences as a first-generation immigrant and an educator fuel her passion for improving outcomes for children.

17 December

Davyd Hall

Director, Unity Center Assistant Director, 21st Century Scholars
Marian University
Davyd Hall, Director of the Unity Center, Assistant Director 21st Century Scholars at Marian University

16 December

Greg Harrell

School and Community Outreach Manager
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Greg serves as the School & Community Outreach Manager at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE). In his role, he supports K-12 outreach initiatives and provides bilingual services to schools, families, and community partners across Indiana. Greg earned both his bachelor’s and associate degrees from Vincennes University. Prior to joining CHE, he served as an English teacher with the United States Department of State in Valencia, Spain.

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Mallory Hester

Associate Director of the Associate Accelerated Degree Program
Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
Mallory Hester is an associate director of ASAP at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Saint Francis. 

16 December

Courtney Hott

Director of Legislation and Program Implementation
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Courtney Hott is the Director of Legislation and Program Implementation at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In her role at the Commission, she aids in the formation and drafting of the legislative agenda, manages the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship and serves on various policy-related teams and committees. She was previously a K-12 school counselor and her experience includes working with the Indiana General Assembly. Courtney believes quality education for all Hoosiers is the key to success and economic development in Indiana. When she is not advocating for students across the state, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband, Zed, two dogs, Girdy and Lindi, and enjoying their mini-farm.

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Vincent Isom

Director, 21st Century Scholars Program
Indiana University
Vincent Isom serves as the Director of the Indiana University Bloomington-OVPDEMA 21st Century Scholars Program. He specializes in developing programming to retain low income and underrepresented student populations.

17 December

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Brandon Jackson

Professional School Counselor
Indianapolis Public Schools

16 December

Flora Jones

Director of Postsecondary Readiness
Indianapolis Public Schools
Ms. Jones currently serves as the Director of Post-Secondary Readiness for Indianapolis Public Schools where she oversees college, career, and life readiness initiatives across the district. 

16 December

Jeffrey Jourdan

Executive Director
Saint Joseph's College of Marian University - Indianapolis
As executive director of Saint Joseph's College-Marian University, Jeff Jourdan cultivates community and employer partnerships and manages facility and personnel operations. 

17 December

Michael Kendall

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Michael Kendall is an educator and educational equity advocate who is currently the Assistant Director of Scholar Support Programs at IUPUI, where he oversees the THRIVE Program for students from backgrounds as independent youth. An Indiana 21st Century Scholar alumnus, he has spent his career dedicated to supporting others to achieve their greatest potential through higher education. Michael lives with his wife and four children in Indianapolis, Indiana.

16 December

Tari Lambert

Director, Transfer Indiana
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Tari Lambert leads the CHE work on the implementation of Advanced Placement legislation, dual credit and Early College High School initiatives, and Indiana's e-Transcript project.

16 December

Chris LaMothe

Chief Executive Officer
Elevate Ventures
Chris LaMothe represents District 5 as the Commission Member for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Ventures. He sets the strategy and vision for the organization, oversees all programs and staff, and serves as the primary source for stakeholders, investors, board members, and entrepreneurs. Previously LaMothe served as Executive Vice President of Element Materials Technologies, specifically leading the global Transportation, Power Generation and Industrials Sectors of the company. Element acquired LaMothe’s company, Sherry Laboratories Holdings, LLC in 2013 where he served as Partner, Chairman and CEO. Prior to acquiring Sherry Labs, LaMothe served as President and COO of Oxford Financial Group, LTD, one of the largest private wealth management firms in the country with over $8 Billion under management. He also serves or has served on the Board of a number of civic groups, including the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, The Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Board, Indiana University Business School Board of Visitors, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and TM Youth Foundation. LaMothe is a graduate of Ball State University with a BS in marketing and received his MBA from Indiana University.

16 December

Andrew Lehr

Director of Student Success
Anderson University
Andrew Lehr is the Director of Student Success at Anderson University, where he oversees the First-Year Experience, Student Success initiatives, and Student Engagement. 

16 December

Alayna Leonard

Student Leader
Foster Success
Alayna Leonard is a student at Indiana University

16 December

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Elise Locke

Postsecondary Readiness Coordinator
Indianapolis Public Schools

16 December

Teresa Lubbers

Commissioner
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Teresa Lubbers was appointed in 2009 to serve as Commissioner for Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education, the coordinating agency charged with ensuring the state’s postsecondary education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. Prior to joining the Commission, Lubbers served in the Indiana State Senate for 17 years, leading on education and economic development issues as Chair of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee.
As Commissioner, Lubbers works to increase college completion, ensure academic quality and student learning and align postsecondary credentials with meaningful careers. She partners with policymakers and higher education leaders to develop and implement the state’s higher education strategic plans, including the Commission’s recently adopted third plan, “Reaching Higher, Delivering Value.”

Lubbers is a past chair and a current member of both the State Higher Education Executive Officers and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. She serves as Chair for the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, Commissioner for both the Education Commission of the States and the Postsecondary Value Commission, a member of the Advisory Council for both the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Level Up Advisory Council and is the Chair of Indiana’s Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. Additionally, she serves on the Higher Learning Advocates Board of Directors.

Lubbers is past chair and current member of the YMCA of Great Indianapolis and Chair of the YMCA Foundation. She is the co-founder of the Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Lubbers holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

16 December

Jaimee Maddox

Student Success Coach - Purdue Promise
Purdue University
Jaimee Maddox joined Purdue Promise as a Student Success Coach in August 2019. As an alumna of the 21st Century Scholars program, she earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Ball State University and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.

16 December

Barbie Martin

Director of School and Community Outreach
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Barbie Martin is the Director of School and Community Outreach for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. She is responsible for facilitating outreach efforts for the Commission, but the focal point is the 21st Century Scholars Program. She has worked with 21st Century Scholars for more than six years in a variety of capacities. Prior to her work with 21st Century Scholars, she taught high school English for fourteen years.

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Angel McAllister

Director of the Financial Support Center
Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Kalyn Miller

Marian University

16 December

Blair Milo

Secretary
State of Indiana Career Connections and Talent
Blair Milo currently serves as the State of Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent and works to fill an estimated one million job openings over the next ten years. She also serves on the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, a body dedicated to shaping education and workforce training for a 21st Century workforce.

Secretary Milo served as Mayor of La Porte, Indiana after being first elected in 2011 and reelected in 2015. Secretary Milo is also a veteran, having served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.

17 December

Tom Morales

Co-Founder & CEO
Morales Group, Inc.
Tom is co-founder and CEO of Morales Group, Inc (MGI). After 23 successful years in sales and marketing with such companies as Proctor and Gamble, Union Carbide and Donaldson Corporation, explored other opportunities to serve his community. In 2003, Tom launched MGI to be a bridge between the Indianapolis business community and the growing Hispanic population. Today, the company has grown into four divisions that target specific staffing needs and performance-based labor solutions.

Under Tom's leadership, MGI has been recognized as one of the fastest growing Hispanic owned businesses in America, one of the best places to work in Indiana, an INC 5000 firm, and one of the nation's top 100 Hispanic businesses.

By embracing his Mexican heritage, as well as his Hoosier roots, Tom has established himself as a leader in the community. Tom serves on the board of directors of for the Immigrant Welcome Center and the board of Elevate Indianapolis; and served on the board for The Boy Scouts (Crossroads of America) and the St. Francis Foundation. He is also a member of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Tom was also a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Development Commission and was appointed by Gov. Daniels as a commissioner of the State Student Assistance Commission (SSAC).

He has lectured around the United States on immigration issues and continues to advocate on behalf of the Hispanic community. Tom earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.Dedicated to God, family and community Tom exemplifies family values. Tom has been married for 42 years to his high school sweetheart, Chris. They are the proud parents of five children.

17 December

Me'Lada Morgan

AmeriCorps ScholarCorps
Anderson University
Me'Lada Morgan is the 21st Century Scholar Ambassador at Anderson University where she graduated in May 2019 and has a passion for equitable access to education. 

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Aaron Munson

Professional School Counselor
Indianapolis Public Schools

16 December

Andrea Neely

Regional Development Director
United Negro College Fund
For the past 13 years Andrea Neely has provided stellar leadership in her role as Area Development Director and for the past six years as the Indianapolis Regional Development Director for the United Negro College Fund. Each year the UNCF helps more than 10,000 promising African American and other students of color go to and through college with scholarships, internships and fellowships so they can be competitive job seekers in the 21st century economy. Mrs. Neely manages office operations for Indiana and Ohio with annual campaigns of $2.5 million and other statewide initiatives. Her leadership has resulted in $69 million being raised since 2006 to support the 37 UNCF colleges and universities and minority scholars that also attend Indiana state schools. This performance was recently recognized nationally by UNCF in 2017 as a top performing office which has exceeded its annual campaign goal four of the past five years with 2018 reaching 101% of goal attainment.In 2016 the Indianapolis area office was the #1 Performing Area office in the country raising $26 million also in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 she was presented with the UNCF Award of Excellence for exceeding her annual fundraising goal and having one of the top special events in the country. One of Indianapolis’ premier fundraising galas is the UNCF Indianapolis Masked Ball, which Mrs. Neely directs. This successful event fundraiser nets over $450K annually. These funds support the mission of UNCF including students from Indiana. Her largest achievement is being a lead member of the development team that secured a $50,000,000.00 dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment to launch the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative that assist students attending HBCU’s graduate and then transition into their career. This is the 2nd largest gift in UNCF History.

Prior to joining UNCF, this accomplished fundraiser founded and led an economic development consulting firm for 10 years. During this time her firm was recognized by President Bush in his remarks during his attendance at Indiana Black Expo's corporate luncheon for its role in developing affordable housing for Indianapolis seniors through the local HUD office. Andrea was the first African American female consultant from Indiana to submit a $4.1 million dollar HUD 202 application that was funded and developed on time and under budget on its first submission.

Andrea has received numerous recognitions not only from UNCF, in 2014 she was recognized as a “Breakthrough Woman” in education by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.In 2011 she was named an Indiana Women of Achievement by Ball State University for promoting educational opportunities statewide. In 2009 the Center for Leadership development presented her with the Madam C.J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year award for her community service and leadership and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented her with the Partner In Progress Award for her statewide leadership in advancing education. In 2015 and 2017 Andrea was appointed by Mayor Ballard (2015) and Mayor Hoggsett (2017) to serve as a member of the Indianapolis Charter School board which is key to supporting the educational landscape in Indianapolis with a focus of ensuring students receive a quality education K – 12 preparing them for a successful post secondary experience in completing their degree. She was appointed by Theresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education to serve on the 21st Century Scholarship Advisory Council in support of ensuring students and families take advantaged of a program that will increase the number of college graduates from Indiana state schools with little to no debt.

Mrs. Neely is a native Hoosier and holds a Bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, is a 2012 Hoosier Fellow alum of the Indiana University Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence and currently service on the board of directors. She is committed to advancing youth leadership development as a member and Immediate Past President of the Indianapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and is married to George Neely C.E.C. and the mother of four children, Paige, Lauren, twins Blake and Julian and a member of Eastern Star Church.

16 December

Dr. Michael Nichols

Associate Director and Academic Dean
Saint Joseph's College of Marian University
As associate director and dean of Saint Joseph's College-Marian University, Dr. Michael Nichols oversees the development and assessment of the school's curriculum and faculty. 

17 December

Dr. Joel Olufowote

Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence; Associate Professor of Political Science
Indiana Wesleyan University
Dr. Olufowote is the Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence (IE) and associate professor of political science at Indiana Wesleyan University. 

16 December

Alison Partee

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Alison Partee a Data Analyst at Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education and plays a key role in assembling their data-driven reports on student success.

16 December

Olener Prince

Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Mentoring/Campus Diversity Lead
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus
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Dr. Rebecca Rahschult

Vice President of K-14 Initiatives & Statewide Partnerships
Ivy Tech Community College
Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte is the Vice President of K-14 Initiatives & Statewide Partnerships at Ivy Tech Community College. 

17 December

Tahanee Ratwatte

Associate Director, Specific Student Populations- Career Development Center
Indiana University
Tehanee Ratwatte is the Associate Director for Specific Student Populations at the Career Development Center at Indiana University, Bloomington. In her current role,   Tehanee coordinates career services opportunities and access for students in specific populations with units within 13 career services offices, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.   

17 December

Ariel Robinson

Student Success Coach - Purdue Promise
Purdue University
Ariel Brooke Robinson is a Student Success Coach for the Purdue Promise program. She began working at Purdue June 2016 after receiving her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. She completed her bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Millikin University, which is also located in her hometown of Decatur, IL.

16 December

Derrick Robinson

AmeriCorps ScholarCorps
Indiana University
Derrick is a scholar-practitioner with experience in program development, conflict resolution, residential life, & admissions. He is effective with working with students across difference & advocating for equitable resources.

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Alonzo Ross

Associate Director of Associate Accelerated Degree Program
Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
Alonzo Ross is an Associate Director of ASAP at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis. He holds a MBA from the University of Southern Indiana.

16 December

Dr. Pamela Sari

Interim Director, Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center
Purdue University
Dr. Pamela K. Sari is the Interim Director of the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies (from Purdue) and was the Summer 2019 Research Associate at the Pluralism Project, Harvard University.

17 December

Jillian Scholten

Director of Academic Affairs and Talent Credentialing
Indiana Commission for Higher Education

17 December

Cassie Shackelford

Student Leader
Foster Success
Cassie is a student at Indiana State University.

16 December

Colby Shank

Associate Commissioner for Student Financial Aid
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Colby Shank is the Associate Commissioner for Student Financial Aid at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. He has served in various roles and capacities at the Commission since 2013, including as Assistant Commissioner, Director of Financial Operations, and Director of Student Support Services. Before working for the Commission, he began his career in state government at the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. He graduated from IUPUI with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2011 and a master’s degree in public affairs in 2017.

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Torrence Sorrell

Student Success Coach - Purdue Promise
Purdue University
Torrence Sorrell is from Chicago, Illinois. As a proud Chicagoan, he enjoys eating at Portillo's and Giordano's Pizza (deep dish and thin crust).

Torrence Sorrell earned a M.S. at Indiana State University in Student Affairs and Higher Education. In November 2017, he was a recipient of the NASPA IV-East Graduate Student Rising Star Award, for the state of Indiana. Torrence completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism.

16 December

Keeley Stingel

Vice President of Talent Attraction and Retention
Radius Indiana
Keeley Stingel is the VP, Talent Attraction and Retention with Radius Indiana. Stingel brings nearly a decade of experience in community and economic development as well as nonprofit management to the role. In this role, Stingel addresses the gap between existing workforce and employer needs as well as developing a strategy to attract and retain existing talent in the eight-county region. In addition to workforce alignment, Stingel also serves as a Business Advisor through ISBDC to support new and existing businesses in the region.

Prior to joining Radius, Stingel served as the Executive Director of the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana. In her tenure, the organization saw increased revenue by 40%, the number of community volunteers quadrupled, visits to the emergency shelter by 5x more than the year prior, and secured nearly 2,500 hours of donated support from the community. Stingel has also served in regional roles with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Hoosier Uplands Economic Development.

As an alumna of the program, Stingel serves on the 21st Century Scholars Advisory Council for the Commission for Higher Education where she works to identify ways to better engage scholars. Stingel serves on the Indiana Youth Institute Board of Directors and is responsible for strategic visioning and financial oversight of the statewide organization. Stingel also sits on the Washington County Council, At-Large.

Stingel possesses a Bachelor’s of Science from Purdue University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Historic Pathways. Stingel is also an alumna of the Lugar Series. Keeley, her husband, Brett, daughters, Quinn and Spencer, and upcoming arrival reside in Washington County, where they love to try new local restaurants, have bonfires, and spend time with family.

16 December

Alice Susemichel

Director of Workforce Development
Saint Joseph's College of Marian University - Indianapolis

Manabu Taketani

Program Administrator, Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center
Purdue University

David Tolan

Student Leader
Foster Success
David Tolan is a student at University of Indianapolis.

16 December

Megan Trible

Assistant Director of Educational Strategies
Foster Success
Megan Trible, LCSW currently serves as Foster Success' Assistant Director of Educational Strategies and works directly with college students who participate in Indiana's Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program. 

16 December

Marsha VanNahm

Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus

Liz Walker

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Convenings
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Liz leads the development and implementation of various initiatives that advance the priorities established by the Commission's strategic plan and the legislature. Since joining the Commission in 2013, she has managed the statewide implementation of the Commission’s adult engagement campaigns, 15 to Finish, proactive advising practices, academic degree maps and math pathways. She serves as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Strategic Planning Sub-Committee and the ACT Indiana State Council. Prior to joining the Commission, Liz served as a program coordinator for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Service and Learning, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

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Jay Watts

Ex Dir Diversity/Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging
Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
Jillian (Jay) Watts is the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging for Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana and Doctoral Student at Teachers College of Columbia University. 

17 December

Timothy Williams

Undergraduate Academic Advisor/Adjunct Instructor
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
With a decade-long service history as an educator and administrator, Mr. Timothy Williams continues to work toward creating equitable learning experiences for all students.

Candy Willis

Assistant Professor of English - School of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus

Courtney Wilson

Student Success Coach - Purdue Promise
Purdue University
Courtney Wilson joined Purdue Promise as a Student Success Coach in November 2018. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Hanover College in Philosophy and Business and earned her Master's in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs from Purdue University Global. 

16 December

Jarod Wilson

Director of Postsecondary Outreach and Career Transitions
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Jarod Wilson serves as the Director of Postsecondary Outreach and Career Transitions at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. As such, he works closely with colleges around the state to provide strong support services for students receiving state financial aid. Jarod holds a bachelor’s in international studies from Butler University and a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University.

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Amanda Wynia

School Counseling Specialist
Indianapolis Public Schools

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Strada Education Network

Presenting

Exhibitor Setup

07:30 AM 08:00 AM Foyer

Registration and Breakfast

08:00 AM 09:00 AM Foyer & Ballroom

Register, help yourself to breakfast, and tour the vendor booths before the opening keynote.

Welcome and Keynote

09:00 AM 10:10 AM Ballroom

Join us for a welcome from Commissioner Teresa Lubbers and keynote on equity from Alexandra Bernadotte, founder and CEO of Beyond 12.

Speakers

Driving Statewide Change through a Town and Gown Relationship Between a Community College and Philanthropic Partner

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Hart

This session highlights Project Grow, a mentoring program partnership with a non-profit community partner and an urban community college. Pass the Torch for Women Foundation's mission is to propel marginalized female student populations within their career, no matter where they are within their journey, through mentoring engagements with seasoned professionals. This reciprocal partnership provides programming rooted in student development theory and creating a community of peer-to-peer mentoring and networking.

Speakers

Pass The Torch For Women .pdf Download Link
CHE

State-level Strategies to Increase Educational Attainment

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Porter

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Black Male Students at Public Universities

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Miller

This session will talk about the both the current and historical statistics and numbers of black male students at public universities in the United States. He will be honing in specifically from Dr. Shaun Harper's work and article from 2006 and bringing up the currently issues of black males at public institutions. He will also discuss enforcing best practices and research on how to improve the black male student experience at public universities, working on equity.

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Dual Credit and Early College High School: Opportunities for Student Success

11:20 AM 12:10 PM Hart

The Commission for Higher Education partners with CELL at UIndy as the organization authorized to train, support, and endorse Early College schools in Indiana. With its emphasis on assisting underserved student populations, the Early College model offers curriculum pathways and support systems to high school students in their quest to continue their education and career preparation after high school graduation. The Commission's reports demonstrate the model's impact and effectiveness in increasing college-going rates, persistence, and completion.

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Employer Match Game!

11:20 AM 12:10 PM Porter

Helping graduates find their dream job can be challenging, but sometimes graduates unknowingly give us clues about what they truly want. This game is designed to help professionals read between the lines to figure out which employers are a good fit for our graduate populations.

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Why Inclusive Institutional Equity Requires Exclusive Institutional Oversight

11:20 AM 12:10 PM Miller

National college and university enrollment numbers are on the steady decline amidst the simultaneous proliferation of chief diversity executive level offices across like institutions. This dynamic insists institutions begin to evaluate whether the financial investments of added administrative oversight justifies the multicultural, equitable campus life sought after. This presentation explores the dominant practices used by 116 colleges and universities as they pursue Inclusive Excellence on campus with further investigation on if said efforts produce just communities.

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Building Equity Literate Educators

11:20 AM 12:10 PM Shields

Building Equity Literate Educators focuses on reverencing the unique experience and world view of our students. This activity will encourage participants to acknowledge and confront biases. The ultimate goal is to challenge societal and socioeconomic systems that disenfranchise students. By doing so, this will encourage more educators to expand their equitable literacy, thus promoting a sense of belonging in all learning communities.

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Lunch, Be INspired, & Stan Jones Student Success Grant Presentation

12:20 PM 02:10 PM Ballroom

During lunch, be "INspired" with three TED Talk-style presentations on equity in education.

Following these talks, commission member Chris LaMothe will be presenting this year's Stan Jones Student Success grant recipients. The Stan Jones Student Success grant supports college partners with promising student success practices. Named after the late Stan Jones, the grant builds upon his legacy of several landmark education policy and student support initiatives and is designed to advance and expand promising student success practices at colleges and universities across Indiana.

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Preparing Students from the Classroom to the Board Room

02:15 PM 03:05 PM Porter

Preparing Students from the Classroom to the Board Room will explore what is needed to ensure that foundational skills are being taught in K-12 schools, which allow student access to navigate through a society that does not currently provide racial, socioeconomic and geographical equity. With intentional advocacy, we are not only preparing students for the real world, but we are preparing the real world for our students. Through the building of strong partnerships with the city, bridges can be built between students and their future careers.

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Creating New Pathways through Campus-wide Success Strategies

02:15 PM 03:05 PM Miller

Educators strive to create safe, equitable and inviting spaces on campuses with a goal of having students retain and persist to graduation; however, the ultimate goal is that students would thrive (Schriner, 2010). As institutions identify strategies to help students thrive, this session will invite participants to examine a model of student success that encourages collaboration, emphasizes thriving, and creates opportunities to advocate for minoritized populations based on student success data.

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Voices and Visibility

02:15 PM 03:05 PM Hart

Too many students sit in silence, feeling voiceless and invisible on campuses. Colleges must move these students' narratives to the forefront, giving voice and visibility and creating safe spaces for queer scholars of color. Using a student group for black queer students as a case study and examining the purpose and practices used, participants will learn and identify ways to better support underrepresented students and discuss how to create voice and visibility for marginalized students.

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CHE

Equity in Higher Education: Measuring and Closing Gaps in Educational Opportunity

02:15 PM 03:05 PM Shields

This session is designed to apprise participants of the current Hoosier educational landscape as it relates to equity. Drawing upon recent findings and trends incorporated into the 2019 College Equity Report produced by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), the presentation will break down existing college and career readiness and success gaps through race and ethnicity, geography, sex, and socioeconomic status. Additionally, targeted initiatives that are facilitated by CHE to eliminate equity gaps will be highlighted.

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EquityReport 2019_FINAL.pdf Download Link
SAC19 Presentation - Equity.pptx Download Link

Right to the Core: Include, Support, Empower

03:10 PM 04:00 PM Hart

This presentation will be an interactive lecture to help participants explore a process of developing core values for their offices and how those values can help create an accessible, equitable, and inclusive environment. The session will review how the Purdue Promise team used Simon Sinek's Golden Circle model to discover how the program's purpose connected to their core values and the creation of the new promise statement. This presentation is open for professionals of any level.

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CHE

The 21st Century Scholarship and Scholar Success Program Updates

03:10 PM 04:00 PM Shields

Over the past few years, there have been several updates to the 21st Century Scholarship program. This session will give an overview of the program and cover all updates--including updates to the College Scholars Success Program.

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Part of the 3%: A Panel Conversation about Education and Economics with Young Adults with Experience in the Foster Care System

03:10 PM 04:00 PM Miller

Nationally, only 3% of foster youth will graduate from college, and students in Indiana are determined to see that change by supporting and training higher education staff and faculty on the unique needs of foster youth. Join us for a panel conversation with students that have lived experience in the foster care system, sharing their knowledge, insight, and best practices in supporting educational and financial goals of students from foster care.

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Reducing Opportunity Gaps: Advocacy at All Levels

03:10 PM 04:00 PM Porter

This session is aimed for anyone interested in equity work on college campuses and will highlight promising practices at Marian University that have contributed to reducing opportunity gaps for lower income students and students of color on their campus. In addition, this session will include a guided discussion with all participants that explores what advocacy looks like at all levels at the institution and how to best build coalitions to initiate programs or structural changes that support equitable learning environments.

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The Culture of Foster Care

04:10 PM 05:00 PM Miller

This session outlines the multiple socioeconomic, familial, systemic, and social factors that make up the culture of foster care. Participants will be challenged to acknowledge their own cultural biases, while also understanding the process of cultural humility. Participants will gain an understanding of family privilege and the unique social relationships of youth in foster care. This session will examine the culture of dependence and independence within the foster care culture, and how to move towards an interdependent culture that promotes increasing social capital, the brokering of resources, and authentic youth-adult partnerships.

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CHE

Overview of State Financial Aid Programs

04:10 PM 05:00 PM Shields

Learn more about the various student financial aid programs offered by the State of Indiana and the Next Level Jobs initiative.

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Student Advocates State Aid 2019 presentation.pdf Download Link

Fostering Student Success: How Higher Education Professionals Can Improve Students' Self-efficacy

04:10 PM 05:00 PM Hart

College students with a high sense of self-efficacy are usually more motivated, have a stronger belief in their ability to accomplish difficult tasks, and are more likely to succeed compared to their peers with low self-efficacy, who tend to avoid challenging tasks and suffer from a constant sense of helplessness. Higher education professionals in any role can have a positive impact on students and foster self-efficacy. This presentation offers participants strategies to enhance student self-efficacy.

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Exhibitor Setup

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Foyer

Registration and Breakfast

08:30 AM 09:15 AM Foyer & Ballroom

Welcome and Keynote

09:15 AM 10:10 AM Ballroom

Join us for a welcome from Secretary of Career Connections and Talent, Blair Milo, and keynote from Tom Morales, co-founder and CEO of the Morales Group, Inc.

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Indiana's Graduation Pathways: Post-Secondary Engagement Opportunities

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Hart

This presentation will focus on strategies for successful partnerships between K-12, community organizations, businesses, and post-secondary institutions to meet Indiana's Graduation Pathway requirements. Access to tools and resources will be shared that will assist high school students in learning and demonstrating employability skills, as well as examples of successful partnership models to ensure postsecondary-ready competencies. Addressing K-12 workforce-focused professional development, senior data collection efforts, and utilization of post-secondary interns to support K-12 efforts will be proposed.

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CHE

Overview of State Financial Aid Programs

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Porter

Learn more about the various student financial aid programs offered by the State of Indiana and the Next Level Jobs initiative.

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Student Advocates State Aid 2019 presentation.pdf Download Link

From Deficit to Asset: Honoring Community Cultural Wealth

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Miller

Community Cultural Wealth honors the resources and strengths minoritized communities possess, resources often viewed as a deficit by dominant groups. This session will present initial findings from a qualitative study on freshmen students' perceptions of their own cultural wealth after engaging in critical theory work. Participants will also engage in discussion of ways that institutions can move from pathologizing to valuing the resources of students of color and first-generation students to make space for their flourishing.

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Roadmap to Success: Strategies to Address Gender, Geographic, Racial and Socioeconomic Issues Through Partnering with Campus Career Development Offices

10:20 AM 11:10 AM Shields

This sessions will discuss best practices to address gender, geographic, racial, and socioeconomic issues through partnering with career services. Partnering with colleagues in the Career Development Center is essential for the success of students. Session Goals are to review of College Scholar Success Program; to discuss campus programming and capitalizing for strategic organization; to identify collaborations and partnerships; to discuss the relationship between intrusive advising practices and career development; and the higher education environment as a holistic process

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Lunch Keynote

11:20 AM 12:30 PM Ballroom

Join us for a keynote from Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College.

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CHE

A State that Works: Cultivating Access to Internship Opportunities

12:40 PM 01:30 PM Hart

For institutions looking to increase experiential learning opportunities for students in Indiana, utilizing EARN Indiana and Indiana INTERNnet is the way to go. This session will provide an overview of these resources as well as examples of how it can be utilized for on and off-campus experiences.

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SAC_A State That Works_ Cultivating Access to Internship Opportunities in Indiana.pptx Download Link

Supporting Latino Students and Families in Educational Success

12:40 PM 01:30 PM Porter

Since 2000, Indiana's Hispanic population has grown by nearly 82%. Despite this growth, the level of educational attainment lags for this population. As of 2011, roughly 40% of Hispanic adults lack a high school diploma or GED compared to 13% of the general population in Indiana. It is time these statistics changed. This session will dive into educational outcome data for Latino students and discuss how community organizations and educational institutions can offer support for both the student and family.

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Challenging the Model Minority Myth: Collaborative Works of the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue University

12:40 PM 01:30 PM Miller

Cultural Centers (in the case of Purdue University under the umbrella of Division of Diversity and Inclusion) have been occupying a unique role of bringing together critical cultural work among faculty, staff, and students. Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC), founded in Spring 2015, is part of this work. This presentation reflects on the work that the AAARCC has been doing, especially in fighting against the Model Minority Myth directed against and prevalent in Asians and Asian Americans in higher education. This presentation is also an invitation to re-situate Asian Americans in the racial narratives of student advocacy. Through collaborative pedagogy, cultural programming, and collective activism, the AAARCC embraces its commitment to tell different but interconnected histories of diverse Asian and Asian American communities. The vast Asian and Asian American diversity brings the challenges (and opportunities) of continually asking: "Who is not yet on the table?" and thus, collaborations are not only desirable, but a dire necessity. 

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Student Success: Serving the Whole Student from the Perspective of Well Being and Intersectionality.

12:40 PM 01:30 PM Shields

Well-being refers not solely to a feeling or an action, but to a relational activity (even practice) of being well, as in being part of a community, having meaningful relationships, and possessing a sense of purpose. Various forms of mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being (e.g., happiness, flourishing, resilience, mindfulness, etc.) are recognized as necessary conditions for well-being overall. Well-being is highlighted in this presentation by referencing Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Bloom's taxonomy. "Intersectionality" refers to how a diverse set of identities intersect and affect the lived experience and well-being of each student as a whole person. Intersecting identities include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, socioeconomic status, first-generation status, and more. A longstanding history of attention to the concept of the "whole student" has meant understanding students as the integration of all of their identities, characteristics, and lived experiences, social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and so on. Considering the whole student in higher education means considering how student identities and experiences intersect in the design of programs to help them be successful. This session aims to provide a theoretical consideration for praxis into holistically supporting student success utilizing student developmental theory and best practice

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Helping Women Enter Tech

01:40 PM 02:30 PM Hart

IvyWorks-Indy Women in Tech is a program that helps women successfully enter the growing tech workforce in Indiana. Learn from a panel of professionals how the private, public, and education sectors can come together to help minority groups succeed in areas where they are not seen.

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The Saint Joe Indy Earn and Learn Model

01:40 PM 02:30 PM Porter

Saint Joseph's College of Marian University ("Saint Joe Indy") is a new two-year college based on an "Earn and Learn" model to address the issues of affordability, access, and relevancy in higher education. Attendees will learn about their unique approach to curriculum, employer interaction, and student support systems.

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CHE

Indiana’s Transfer Initiatives: What You Need to Know

01:40 PM 02:30 PM Miller

Statewide transfer initiatives have been helping Indiana students move toward degree completion at a quicker pace. In this session, you will learn more about Indiana’s transfer opportunities and the resources available to students, parents, guidance counselors, and college advisors. Representatives from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) will give an update of Indiana’s Transfer initiatives, which include the Core Transfer Library (CTL), Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC), Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAPs), Military Credit and Credential Engine. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and make comments throughout the presentation.

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CHE

The 21st Century Scholarship and Scholar Success Program Updates

01:40 PM 02:30 PM Shields

Over the past few years there have been several updates to the 21st Century Scholarship program. This session will give an overview of the program and cover all updates--including updates to the College Scholars Success Program.

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