Coming Together Conference

Welcome from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to Ithaca and the 15th annual Coming Together Conference. Our planning committee has been working hard all year to make this year’s Coming Together Conference as useful and meaningful as possible for all participants.

The theme of the 2012 Coming Together Conference is “Beyond Admission: College Retention and Success.” This theme was chosen because we understand that it is not enough for our students to simply get accepted to college. Our students must also have the skills and support to succeed once on campus. It is our goal that this year’s Coming Together Conference will provide each of us with the tools, ideas, and network to be able to best support our students throughout their college careers.

Our keynote speakers, Roger Richardson and Sean Eversley Bradwell, as well as our 14 workshops, provide a wonderful snapshot of both the challenges our students face during their college careers, as well as what we as practitioners can do to help them towards their goal of graduation. We are so excited to be part of the exchange of knowledge and ideas around this topic.

This Coming Together Conference would not be possible without the tireless work of Lee Bostic and the Coming Together Planning Committee. This has been an enjoyable and enriching experience for us as first-time human relations co-chairs. We cannot thank you enough and certainly ask that everyone who participates in the Coming Together Conference takes a moment to thank you as well!

We could not be more appreciative of the work of Karen Staller and Chris Milton before us, and only hope that we are able to serve NYSACAC and our students with a dedication that matches that of our former human relations co-chairs. The Coming Together Conference is one of the three programs that falls under the umbrella of the Human Relations Committee. We are always looking for new committee members and new ideas relevant to the Coming Together Conference, Camp College, and the Seedling Program. If you are interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact us at any time. There are tasks large and small, and if you have a passion for the issues, we have a place for you!

Have a fabulous conference!

Dion Reid and Cassie Magesis
Human Relations Co-Chairs