Coming Together Conference Sessions
Tuesday, June 5th
4:45 - 5:45pm | Robert A. Iger Lecture Hall (2105 Whalen Center)
Addressing the Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color
Kevin Corr, Katrina Delgrosso - The College Board
Men of color significantly trail behind most students on achievement and school completion scales. Only 26 percent of African American males, 24 percent of Native American and Pacific Islander males, and 18 percent of Hispanic American males have, at minimum, an associate’s degree. The College Board report The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color identified the need for a more coordinated effort between K–12 schools, colleges and universities, and state higher education bodies. Come join us to discuss ways in which institutions can utilize our rich data sources to target young men of color to help them get ready, get in, and have a successful college experience.
- Kevin Corr, Educational Manager - The College Board
- Katrina Delgrosso, Senior Educational Manager - The College Board
4:45 - 5:45pm | Walter Beeler Rehearsal Hall (3104 Whalen Center)
College Retention: Bottom Line’s Approach
Ruth Genn - Bottom Line
During this session, Bottom Line will discuss its community-based approach to increasing college retention rates of at-risk urban students. This session will describe our process of supporting low-income, first generation youth from the college application process all the way through college graduation. We will discuss the benefits of long-term one-on-one guidance for at-risk students who typically face academic, financial, and personal barriers at college, and share best practices from our college retention work.
- Ruth Genn, Executive Director - Bottom Line
4:45 - 5:45pm | Theodore Presser Foundation Rehearsal Hall (3102 Whalen Center)
Consistency Makes It Real: Building a Culture of Early College Awareness and Persistence
Annie Brickel - (formerly) FLAGS High School | Kevin Brooks - New Settlement Apartments College Access Center | William J. Short - St. Lawrence University
The class of 2010 from FLAGS High School in the Bronx, New York, distinguished itself as no other had ever done before or since. Academically, they achieved higher grade point averages, both individually and as a class. They applied to and were accepted at more highly selective colleges as well as to SUNY and CUNY. They received the highest number of advanced regents diplomas. And they were all involved in a comprehensive Early College Awareness Program since the ninth grade. Hear from the professionals involved as well as the students themselves. Discover how they were able to build and create a culture of college persistence and how it can be replicated.
- Annie Brickel, College Counselor - (formerly) FLAGS High School
- Kevin Brooks, Educational Counselor - New Settlement Apartments College Access Center
- William J. Short, Director, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program - St. Lawrence University
Wednesday, June 6th
8:30 - 9:30am | Theodore Presser Foundation Rehearsal Hall (3102 Whalen Center)
College Advisors Facilitating Academic Rigor through Syracuse University Project Advance
Dr. Gerald S. Edmonds, Dr. Lonnie Morrison - Syracuse University | Dr. Carolyn Powell - Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
Less than half of all New York State public high school graduates are college-ready. This session will describe how one New York City public high school has been able to partner with Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) to strengthen its academic environment. This session is for those interested in forming institutional partnerships and facilitating college access for educationally and economically disadvantaged students. Presenters will discuss SUPA and how it facilitates college readiness and retention, and they will describe the role college advisors can have in facilitating the adoption of a more rigorous academic curriculum. Participants will be presented with strategies for developing institutional partnerships with SUPA and other institutions of higher education.
- Dr. Gerald S. Edmonds, Director of Project Advance - Syracuse University
- Dr. Lonnie Morrison, Director of Metro NY Admission Programs - Syracuse University
- Dr. Carolyn Powell, Director of College Guidance - Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
8:30 - 9:30am | Walter Beeler Rehearsal Hall (3104 Whalen Center)
College Retention Strategies for Our Most Vulnerable Students
Ginny Donohue, Sam Rowser - On Point for College
On Point for College, a community-based college access and success organization, recruits young adults (17–25) at 15 community centers in Syracuse, New York. Over 3,000 of our college students are low-income, first generation students, 31 percent with no parental support. Some are refugees, homeless, or have other obstacles. Retention supports include college supplies, transportation to and from college, on-campus visits, housing deposits, textbooks, transfer services, transition to workplace advisement, summer housing for homeless youth, coats, prescriptions, and even root canals. Favorable college/university practices that support these vulnerable young adults will also be discussed.
- Ginny Donohue, Executive Director - On Point for College
- Sam Rowser, Program Director - On Point for College
8:30 - 9:30am | Robert A. Iger Lecture Hall (2105 Whalen Center)
Bridge to College: A Collaborative Intervention to Combat “Summer Melt“
Ritu Sen - The Urban Assembly | Amy Perlow - CUNY At Home In College | Emily Rotando - College Counselor at the Urban Assembly NY Harbor School
Research shows that far too many low-income students who intend to matriculate into college abandon their college plans over the summer. Why? What are the barriers to matriculation, and what are some strategies to address them? During the summer of 2011, three organizations -- The Urban Assembly, College Access Research & Action, and CUNY At Home in College -- worked with 44 NYC high schools to implement a targeted intervention to boost matriculation to college and offer much-needed summer support. Learn more about the Bridge to College program model, and brainstorm ways to incorporate new practices into your summer transition work.
- Ritu Sen, Director of College Readiness - The Urban Assembly
- Amy Perlow - CUNY at Home in College
- Emily Rotando - College Counselor at the Urban Assembly NY Harbor School
9:45 - 10:45am | Hocket Family Recital Hall (3105 Whalen Center)
Your Greatest Untapped Resource: Student Volunteers in the Admission Process
Bri Alderman, Femi Ogundele - Ithaca College, Angela Herrera - Cornell University
This session will discuss the importance of utilizing your enrolled students as volunteers in your institution’s recruitment efforts, both on and off campus. We will share information about preparing for a full academic year, building leaders early in college through ambassador groups, and specific goals for multicultural recruitment. We will outline several different types of recruitment initiatives that are primarily staffed by student volunteers. We will showcase and discuss strategies for recruitment, training, retention, and recognition of student volunteers.
- Bri Alderman, Admission Counselor - Ithaca College
- Femi Ogundele, Admissions Counselor - Ithaca College
- Angela Herrera, Associate Director of Admissions - Cornell University
9:45 - 10:45am | Walter Beeler Rehearsal Hall (3104 Whalen Center)
Resources for the Transition to College
Sandy Jimenez, Chano LaBoy - Options Center
During this interactive session, participants will discuss some of the issues that come up for our students during the transition to college. They will discuss the resources available on campus that can help our students handle whatever comes their way. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with colleagues different techniques for helping students through this important milestone. They will leave this workshop with ideas about how to connect their students to resources as well as a concrete plan for an exercise that works for different audiences.
- Sandy Jimenez, Trainer/Educational Counselor - Options Center
- Chano LaBoy, Educational Counselor - Options Center
9:45 - 10:45am | Theodore Presser Foundation Rehearsal Hall (3102 Whalen Center)
Student Retention through Leadership
Abdelwahab Abdelghany, Dhivia Bettcher, Cleopatra LaMothe - The Door
This interactive session, targeted towards access and retention professionals, will cover community building as a key to success in college. Focused on research and implementation of best practices, participants will learn how our Talent Search program has used community resources, institutional partnerships, human capital, and data collection to improve student achievement and strengthen a robust retention and college access program centered on the integration of youth-led programming, summer bridge programming, and other young groups.
- Abdelwahab Abdelghany, College Advisor - The Door
- Dhivia Bettcher, College Advisor - The Door
- Cleopatra LaMothe, College Advisor - The Door
11:00am - 12:00pm | Hocket Family Recital Hall (3105 Whalen Center)
What is the POSSE Partnership?
Regina Bain - NYC POSSE Office | Matt Malatesta - Union College | Briana McRae - Hamilton College | Jo Anne Phang - Syracuse University
This workshop is intended for interested parties to gather information and learn about the benefits of partnering with the POSSE Foundation. An overview of the POSSE concept, mission, and program components as well as a list of partner colleges/universities across the country will be provided. Participants will learn not only about POSSE’s admissions process, but will also learn the retention strategies POSSE utilizes to help students stay in and graduate from college.
- Regina Bain - NYC POSSE Office
- Matt Malatesta, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment - Union College
- Briana McRae - Hamilton College
- Jo Anne Phang, Director of Southeast Region - Syracuse University
11:00am - 12:00pm | Walter Beeler Rehearsal Hall (3104 Whalen Center)
Community-Based Organizations and Schools: Collaboration for College Success
Joe Frick - Manhattan Village Academy | Veronica Aguilar Hornig - The Opportunity Network
Participants will learn how community-based organizations and schools can collaborate to best guide students through the admission cycle and for college success.
- Joe Frick, College Guidance Counselor - Manhattan Village Academy
- Veronica Aguilar Hornig, Manager of College Guidance - The Opportunity Network
11:00am - 12:00pm | Robert A. Iger Lecture Hall (2105 Whalen Center)
College Readiness for Disconnected Youth
Kristin Harris - Independent Consultant and College Access Consortium of New York Board Member | Roystone Martinez - Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Emmanuel College, current Columbia Graduate Student
The barriers to access and the hindrances to educational attainment that are plaguing low-income students of color across the country are dangerous and alarming. The results are high rates of attrition and educational apathy. Participants of this workshop will discuss best policies and practices and ways to develop strategies to effectively engage, support, and foster student success in high school and college. This session will focus on identifying models of college-going networks that improve retention, engagement, and persistence in higher education.
- Kristin Harris - Independent Consultant and College Access Consortium of New York Board Member
- Roystone Martinez - Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Emmanuel College, current Columbia Graduate Student