2010 Student Success Conference

Friday, October 29, 2010 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

Inspiring ExcellenceThe 22nd Annual Student Success Conference will include opportunities for student affairs personnel, faculty, and administration to engage in collective conversations regarding Maricopa’s student success initiatives.


Sarita Brown's PhotoSarita E. Brown
President, Excelencia in Education, Washington, DC

Sarita E. Brown is President of Excelencia in Education, a national not for profit organization working to accelerate Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than two decades at prominent national educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at the University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education. Coming to the nation’s capitol in 1993 to work for educational associations, Ms. Brown was appointed Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Ms. Brown later applied her talents and experience to the not-for-profit sector and in 2004, co-founded Excelencia in Education.

Ms. Brown is active in national educational organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACT Inc., the National College Access Network (NCAN) the Advisory Group for the Catch the Next and the Board of Visitors for Old Dominion University. An outstanding public speaker, Ms. Brown travels throughout the country to advocate for Latino success in higher education. Her writing on the potential for Latino college-going talent includes her chapter; “Making the Next Generation Our Greatest Resource” in Latinos in the Nation’s Future (2009) edited by Henry Cisneros and published by Arte Público Press.

In 2009, Ms. Brown was honored with the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for her “innovative thinking, strong leadership and accomplishment by example” and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from North Carolina State University. She holds a bachelor's of arts in ethnic studies and a bachelor's of science and master's of arts in communication from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jonathan Mooney's PhotoJonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney is a writer and activist with dyslexia who learned to read when he was 12-years-old. He since earned an honors degree in English Literature at Brown University and has written and published two books.

The first, “Learning Outside The Lines” (now in its 14th printing) hit bookshelves when he was 23. This, coupled with his most recent book, “The Short Bus,” has established Jonathan as one of the foremost leaders in LD/ADHD, disabilities, and alternative education. Both books are available today.

Jonathan also founded and is President of Project Eye-To-Eye, a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences. Project Eye-To-Eye currently has 20 chapters, in 13 states working with over 3,000 students, parents and educators nation wide.

Jonathan won the prestigious Truman Scholarship for graduate studies in disability studies and social change, and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

In 2003, the LD Access Foundation recognized his work for students with disabilities with the Golden Advocacy award. Previous honorees include David Boies, Judith Rodin, former President of The University of Pennsylvania, and former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean.

Jonathan is a highly sought-after speaker and has lectured in 43 states and three countries. He has lectured at: Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Brown University, the University of Wisconsin School of Education, New York University Medical School’s Grand Rounds, Teachers College Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College and many other institutions of higher education.

Jonathan also has given keynote addresses at most major national education conferences and speaks frequently to students of all ages.

Jonathan has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous other local and regional papers in the cities, states, and countries where Jonathan has traveled.

Tentative Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration/Coffee/Exhibits
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
- Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor
- Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation – Ms. Sarita Brown
10:00 a.m. Break/Exhibitors
10:15 a.m. Breakout Session I
11:00 a.m. Break/Exhibitors
11:15 a.m. Breakout Session II
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Luncheon Plenary – Mr. Jonathan Mooney
1:15 p.m. Break/Exhibitors
1:30 p.m. Breakout Session III
2:15 p.m. Break/Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. College Roundtable Discussions
  • Salon A - Chandler-Gilbert
  • Salon B  - GateWay
  • Salon C - Glendale
  • Salon D - Mesa
  • Salon E/F - District Office, Estrella Mountain, High School/College/University Guests
  • Salon G - Paradise Valley
  • Salon H - Phoenix College
  • Salon I - Scottsdale
  • Salon J - South Mountain



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