Conference Workshops


40th Annual Conference

“Celebrating 40 Years of Access, Equality, Empowerment & Excellence”

May 6 – 11, 2017


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Disclaimer: Workshops Subject to Change

Session Title


Using Digital and In-Person Tools to Create Engaging Campus Financial Literacy Programs

Building personal finance skills for students is important to overall student success. It takes innovation, research, and planning to make the most of limited time and resources. This session will review academic research, criteria for effective financial education, and digital and in-person engagement strategies to create better campus financial literacy programs.

BOT – BLUMEN Online Database for TRiO

BLUMEN ONLINE Version for all TRiO programs is now available on the app stores for iPhones, iPad and Android phones. You can access your data from any web browser, which means no installations. Your data is secure with SSL 256 bit encryption and on the cloud giving you 99.99% uptime reliability for your application. Use our Exclusive Prior-Experience (PE Points) feature to assess your success of meeting the Standard Program Objectives. Import data from your College Data System (Banner, PeopleSoft, Datatel, Accutrack, Colleague, AS/400 etc.). Do not miss this session if you are looking for a SECURE, USER-FRIENDLY & ADVANCED ONLINE DATABASE for your TRiO program.

Creative Tutoring Practices

The educational benefits of tutoring on college campuses are extensive. Tutoring has been proven to assist diversified student populations, as well as, improve retention and graduation rates. Although tutoring throughout college campuses worldwide has assumed the benefit of students’ academic success, most tutoring programs are put into effect without any theoretical frameworks. Tutoring is used mostly to assist students in mathematics, English, and basic remedial coursework which helps to prepare the underprepared college student for college level academics. Tutors help to engage students through active learning and problem solving, such as: writing and reviewing through the discussion of concepts and clarification of written compositions. Tutoring is an active learning process with tutors functioning as facilitators and role models. When creating and implementing an effective tutoring program for higher education, institutions should consider what processes affect learning outcomes and students’ academic success, as well as, the qualities and characteristics of a good tutor and tutor techniques that work best for diversity, underprepared students, mentoring, and motivation. Tutoring plays a vital role in the development of college students with their academic goals. Higher education institutions have realized the vital role tutoring plays in the many initiatives on college campuses by: the Freshman Year Experience movement, The TRIO Program goals and objectives, specific learning communities, service learning and mentoring. By understanding what value tutoring has on today’s college campuses, tutoring programs can be improved and integrated into more specified areas of learning for the improvement of retention, persistence, and graduation success.

Help Our Students Study Themselves Before the Books

Intensive Academic Counseling (IAC) is an academic counseling approach developed by Dr. Edwardo Rodriguez that is used with students who are struggling academically. Attendees will be oriented to the IAC approach, which is evidenced based and relies predominately on cognitive behavioral interventions and relies heavily on the understanding that changes in behavior for college students occurs through dialectical discussion and corrective experiences. IAC Interventions are tailored to the individual’s personal/academic background and learning style. IAC Interventions help professional staff to help student’s improve their academic behavior by increasing retention and academic success. Attendees will also be oriented on how IAC can be taught to experienced, as well as new professionals with or without a counseling background.

There is no ‘I’ in STEM

A recent editorial in the Washington Post indicates that “If ever there was a stairway to success in this economy, it appears to be a college degree in math, science or technology. Unfortunately, the majority of American high-school students just aren’t interested in taking it.” TRiO professionals at the pre-collegiate level have shared this sentiment since the beginning of time. Well, it’s time to approach this as a team. If it takes a village to raise a child, then surely it must also take a village to expose, engage, and increase our students’ interest in STEM. Join us to learn and dissect some of the strategies the David T. Kearns Center have employed to spark our students’ interest in STEM. No STEM background required.

“TechnoloME”: Exploiting technology to enhance my inner-self

Attendees will learn how technology TODAY influences learning by engaging English Language Learner’s through thematic communication (i.e. utilizing Ipads, wireless Bluetooth devices, personal cell phones, Facebook, YouTube, Facebook and/or Instagram live, etc.) Technolo-ME Assists our UB students by creating a sense of belonging, also known as attachment. UB ELL students learn to work together, connect culturally, and stay abreast with current events all while using the most popular social media platforms.

ACCEPTED! …to an Online Doctoral Program: Implications for McNair Program Leadership

Online doctoral programs at traditional and/or proprietary (for profit) institutions of higher education have become a viable option for McNair Scholars pursuing the Ph.D. As the Babson Survey Research Group (2012) state that 2.6 million graduate students were enrolled in fully online programs, the pursuit of the Ph.D. online has become a feasible solution to complete the goals of the McNair Program. This presentation will provide McNair Program leadership insight into advising and coaching scholars inclusive of best practices for being an academically successful online doctoral learner, implementing strategies for sustaining financial aid and scholarship funding, balancing home-work-school life, and engaging in career development activities.

Building up student resiliency by teaching them how to incorporate metacognition-based learning strategies to achieve academic success

Teaching students resiliency is a challenge; however, when taught in conjunction with metacognition-based learning strategies, students feel empowered and are more receptive to the various academic challenges that waits them. After attending this workshop, one will gain deeper insight into the role a lack of resiliency has on students’ academic confidence and performance. In addition, individuals will be introduced to many of the metacognition-based learning strategies that help students to develop resiliency.

Don’t Delay: Advising The Procrastinator Before It’s Too Late!

“Don’t Delay: Advising the Procrastinator Before It’s Too Late” “I’ll get to it later.” “I work better as it gets closer to the deadline.” How many times have you heard a student utter these phrases? While high school and college can be challenging periods for many students to manage their time and their tasks, it can be achieved. In this session, you will learn why high school and college students choose not to start or complete a task, how to identify chronic procrastinators, and the effects that procrastination has on students academically, physically, and emotionally. Most importantly, you will be able to develop a plan (without spending a dime of your budget) to assist students with their time management and provide them with specific tips on how to stop procrastinating now before it’s too late!

StudentAccess: Explore the Many Ways that TRIO Staff Utilize StudentAccess!

StudentAccess helps TRIO programs with their daily data management and reporting tasks, and also streamlines the Annual Performance Reporting process. By offering both desktop and online platforms, we can provide the best fit for your TRIO program’s needs. Available training opportunities and unlimited support assist in reducing the stress of data management. With nearly twenty years of TRIO experience, StudentAccess is not only an effective data management program, it’s the best solution for your program.

Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities

Students serviced through TRIO programs with a documented disability enter college with various needs. The shift between high school and college can be challenging for a variety of reasons: changes in academic expectations, instructional styles, and students’ desire to be independent. This presentation will offer strategies for how to service students with disabilities across the academic pipeline. Focus areas will include understanding students’ needs, encouraging self-advocacy, communicating with faculty, and utilizing accommodations. This interactive workshop will encourage participants to engage in open dialogue about the needs of their student population. Participants will leave with a more diverse tool-kit for empowering their students to persist toward college completion.

Fine-tuning the Fine Art of Communication

The first of the 21st century super skills, effective communication is fundamental for success in work and life. This fun interactive session will focus on how to “fine-tune” your communication skills and, by extension, the skills of your students. Working in small groups, each participant will: uncover her personal communication style; practice the art of giving feedback; and learn strategies for conflict resolution. Additionally, attendees will identify situations and role play scenarios that present challenges for effective communication.

STEMpact: Bridging the Gap of STEM Opportunity for Latino and Low Income Students

STEMpact is a USDOE Program partnership between Union County College and Kean University geared toward improving the access and success of at risk, Latino and Low Income students completing postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM) and teacher education majors to address the need for a diverse 21st century STEM trained workforce. It’s goal is to increase the retention among first-time, full-time degree seeking Latino and Low Income undergraduate students and to increase the 3-year Union and 6-year Kean graduation in STEM and Teacher Education Programs.

Building and Sustaining a Career in TRiO: A Panel Discussion

Our panel of TRiO professionals will offer individual lessons learned, strategies for success, and other advice on ways to build and nourish a long-lasting career in the TRiO world. The objective of this panel is for participants to walk away with strategies, examples, and practical ways to build a meaningful and fulfilling career; whether you are just starting out or have been in the field for some time, this panel can offer valuable insights.

So you’ve been accepted to college- What now? The culmination and transition from the pre-college experience

Objective: This presentation will engage attendee’s and encourage dialogue about the tools we use to help our students in their final preparations for college. From becoming responsible student leaders and preparing financially to take on the burdens of higher education. We will share the tools we use to make our students transition to higher education smooth and successful. This presentation will discuss scholarship strategies, online resources for students, and tools to facilitate financial aid planning. This session will also discuss how the Genesee Community College Upward Bound office found success utilizing these tools to ensure a successful transition to college. Attendees will learn about the forms, websites, and apps used by our advisors. They will also learn about the creative techniques we use to develop student leaders, including our work study program, career panel series, and mock interviews.

Restorative Practices – Building Community and Accountability Through Circles

Indigenous people of many cultures knew that the health and foundation of any community is in the way that the members of its community cared for and related to one another. Each of us has a story; Unfortunately, many of us don’t get the opportunity to share our story in a way that allows us to be heard or understood and/or allows others to get to know us in a deeper, more meaningful way. Connection is paramount in being able to provide and develop a trusting, supportive relationship with TRiO participants, their parents, among programs and program staff, school personnel, etc. This interactive session will provide participants with another “tool for their toolbox” for engaging students, parents, program/school staff, etc. as they learn about the use and power of ‘circles’, by being “in” circle.

Hindsight is 20/20: Thriving on a college campus when student diversity is not enough

As we prepare our students for life beyond the baccalaureate, many strategies must be employed to address the changing population and demands for accountability and success. This presentation will identify characteristics and trends demonstrated by Millennials and how we can tailor our programs to meet both the individual and university’s goals of matriculation. Presenters and participants will share what diversity looks like today within the populations we serve, discuss current programming initiatives and will work together to create a plan of action that embodies our program objectives while remaining relevant within our respective institutions.

Principles of Practice: An Approach to Curriculum ReDesign

With the increasing pressure to maintain a college ready environment, educators are looking for ways to develop 21st century learning skills that affirm high student success and skills necessary to excel in postsecondary studies. Workshop participants will evaluate curricular approaches to examine how key principles of practice: high standards, direct services, enrichment and peer support can increase individual effectiveness and student educational outcomes as well as enhance the program’s community development and partnerships. Participants will brainstorm new strategies and create a “Super Vision Plan” for sustaining academic success and achievement.

Transformation: TRiO From Marginalization to Mission Centered in the New Political Climate

This workshop will help participants understand TRIO programs’ alignment with the institutions or agency’s mission and strategic plan and how to connect TRIO programs through innovative Marketing and Branding to critical elements of that Mission and Strategic Plan to enhance programs visibility, viability, program to institutional and agency valves to build a more substantial future in the new social and political climate and to move TRiO from the margins to the center.

Site-Visit and Audit Readiness: Knowing Where Your Program Stands

This workshop will discuss all aspects of site-visit by the US Department of Education officials, state auditors and/or grantee’s internal reviewers. It will show the participants the relationships between, data collection, documentation, fiscal management, programmatic and fiscal accountability and a successful site-visit, audit or internal grantee’s review. It will engage staff in a step-by- step process in preparing for and sustaining a successful program review whether by USDE, grantee officials and or state auditors.

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