ASPIRE - Promoting Education and Opportunity

Hard to Reach Populations

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TIME DAY ONE – Thursday, October 1, 2020
10:00 -11:30 Opening Session/Plenary 1. Hard-to-Reach Special Populations: Using Demographic and Achievement Data for Strategic Programming. This General session provides an overview of using data to plan effective strategies for recruiting and retaining these student populations in TRIO programs. Kyle Ethelbah
11:45 –1: 00 Native Americans Destiny James Petroske Foster-Care and / Homeless Student Populations Sebastian Myrick ESL Caren Fernandez
1:002:00 Lunch break on your own
2:00-3:15 Plenary 2 Effective Practices for Identifying, Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous Students. We’ll begin this session with a discussion about involving families and communities and their critical role in retaining and recruiting students in TRIO programs. Then, we’ll review several research supported practices for retaining students; including the culture of care, alumni mentoring, practices supporting the successful transition of students from pre-college to postsecondary, focus on the first four critical weeks of college, extended first-year experiences, development of non-cognitive skills, and sophomore year support. Session also will share resources to locate effective practices for Indigenous and Other Hard to Reach Student Populations. Later breakout sessions will apply this information to specific student populations. Andrea Reeve
3:30-4:45 Native Americans Destiny James Petroske Students with Disabilities Dawn Kahlden Foster-Care and / Homeless Student Populations Sebastian Myrick
5:00-6:00 Networking Hour by Program Type Pre College (UB, MSUB, TS) Len Woods Networking Hour by Program Type College (SSS & McNair) Caren Fernandez Networking Hour by Program Type Adult (EOC, VUB) Andrea Reeve
TIME DAY TWO, Friday, October 2, 2020
10:30-11:45 AM Plenary 3 This session will review American Indian (AI) higher education history and contemporary challenges for AI student success. Historically and currently, AI students represent less than 1% of enrollment in higher education and are among the lowest in college going rates and college graduation rates. AI students are less likely to have access to AI faculty, staff, students, and programs to provide mentorship, community, cultural understanding, and positive visible representation while in college. Harmful misconceptions of AI people and culture confront and serve as a barrier for AI students throughout their educational experience. However, there are numerous examples of strong, resilient and imaginative AI students succeeding in higher education. The goal of this session is to emphasize the inequity in educational environments and how organizations and institutions of education can enhance their outreach and support to AI students. Dr. Matthew Makomenaw
11:45 – 1:00 PM Native Americans Destiny James Petroske Students with Disabilities Dawn Kahlden Foster-Care and / Homeless Student Populations Sebastian Myrick
1:00 to 2:00 PM Lunch break on your own.
2:00 – 3:30 PM Plenary 4 Concerns for student well-being should underpin serving Native American, Alaskan and Pacific Islander participants. Acknowledging that trauma and grief can be significant educational barriers to learning and persistence is particularly significant when serving these student populations. Many of these participants may have experienced racism and other impacts to personhood, have been wards of the state, faced domestic violence, homelessness or food/housing insecurity, and other personal barriers. Session will focus on supporting wellness and mental well-being. Dr David Riveria
3:45 – 5:00 PM ESL Caren Fernandez Native Alaskans Roy Agloinga Pacific Islanders Len Woods
5:00-6:00 PM Final Q & A with all Presenters