2020 Student Success Conference: Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Breakout Session 1 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Student Voices - Success and Challenges

In this session, students share their current educational experiences, what has contributed to their success, how they persevere, and what else needs to be done. Students will address issues and successes with converting to online learning, how they feel included, and ways in which we can support them during the pandemic and beyond.

Presenters:

  • Moderator: Andrea Banks, Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Student Panelists:
    • Julissa Munoz, Student Governing Board Member, Mesa Community College
    • Marina Castenda, Student Senator, Glendale Community College
    • Kyle Millsap, Student Senator, Paradise Valley Community College
    • Madison Coulson, Student Senator, Scottsdale Community College
    • Lia Villareal, Student Senator, Phoenix College

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DACA and Higher Education

DACA and Higher Education will highlight Arizona State University’s DREAMZone and community organization Aliento’s efforts to support DACA, undocumented, and students of mixed-status families in their educational aspirations. The presentation will include practical strategies, ideas, and resources to support DACA students in their educational institution and/or in the community at large.

Presenters:

  • Marcelino Quiñonez, Arizona State University
  • José Patiño, Aliento

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Supporting Nontraditional Students of Color in the Online Environment

This session will focus on a model for increasing success for nontraditional students of color in the online environment.  Based on the lived experiences of nontraditional students of color who successfully completed developmental and college level courses, this model illustrates the importance of collaboration between administrators, faculty, and staff to create success for all students. Participants will walk away with strategies to increase the success of nontraditional students of color in the online environment.

Presenter:

  • Dr. Rosslyn R. Knight, Maricopa Community Colleges

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Breakout Session 2 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

The Invisible Student- Engagement & Retention Strategies for Males of Color

This session will examine and address challenges with minority male student persistence within the community college setting. Presenters will facilitate a discussion on strategies for engaging minority male students for the purpose of learning about one anotherʼs perspectives in order to support the students involved to achieve higher levels of persistence & academic achievement. Theoretically, we will use Critical Race Theory to understand the "voices" of students. In addition, the session will highlight some of the strategies used to build the Male Empowerment Network and other sustainable programs and mentorship opportunities in working with minority male students.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Jill Wendt, Arizona State University
  • Martine Garcia, Arizona State University

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Creating a Culture of Support: Basic Needs

This session will provide information on basic needs resources available to students, their families, and our communities. The session will also provide strategies on how to engage external partners in providing holistic support to our students.

Presenters:

  • Jayson Matthews, Valley of the Sun United Way
  • Donna Lopez Martinez, Maricopa Community Colleges

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Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT) Beyond The Classroom: The Connection/Impact of CRT on the Student Experience

Culturally relevant teaching (CRT) has been an important framework for educators to encourage student participation, critical thinking, and action (Gollnick & Chinn, 2006). This pedagogy is based on students’ identities and backgrounds as rich sources of their education. While this framework is often used to discuss educator-student interactions within the classroom environment, we propose that there is value in extending CRT practices to various spaces outside the classroom including student advising and student services.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Lewis Andrea Brownlee, Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Cantu', Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Daniel Meador, Estrella Mountain Community College

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Breakout Session 3 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Research, Action Plan, Do, Assess, React: 5 Steps for Using Data to Inform Improvement

Maricopa values innovation, iteration, and informed improvement. But how do we make it happen? This session will introduce a framework for data-informed process improvement through 5 simple steps: Research, Action Plan, Do Assess, React. This presentation will simplify the intimidating, provide memorable terminology around a critical common language, and present structured approaches to informing improvement.

Presenters:

  • Dennis Mitchell, Mesa Community College
  • Tricia White, Mesa Community College
  • Lori Lindenberg, Maricopa Community Colleges

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Do you speak data? Democratizing Data for Decision Making

According to research, 50% of organizations lack sufficient data skills to achieve business value. How well does your college "Speak Data?" Learn more about what data literacy is and what it looks like through the lens of an evidence-based, continuous improvement framework. Hear from colleagues who share examples of how they identify a challenge, collect the data needed, and take action for improvement in an iterative process ultimately focused on student success.

Presenters:

  • John Snelling, Paradise Valley Community College
  • Ana Torres, GateWay Community College

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Need Answers? getData

If you need answers to your data questions, we have a resource for you! In this session, we will walk through the features of our one-stop data portal, getData. Attendees will learn how to quickly find the right data by using search, filter, and sort criteria for Maricopa dashboards and reports including content from Tableau, SSRS, and more! Join us at this session to become a power user of dashboards and reports through getData!

Presenters:

  • Brandon Mesanko, Maricopa Community Colleges

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Breakout Session 4 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Don't Be Mean, Be Above Average: Basic Statistics using Excel

To assess and improve student success, it is often necessary to quantify it. Maricopa is awash in data, but it's not always clear how to turn that into actionable information. This session will provide the participants with a review of basic statistics, an introduction of inferential statistics, and the tools to perform statistical analyses using Microsoft Excel.

Presenters:

  • Jim Waugh, Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Kerry Mitchell, Glendale Community College

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Do you speak data? Democratizing Data for Decision Making

According to research, 50% of organizations lack sufficient data skills to achieve business value. How well does your college “Speak Data?”  Learn more about what data literacy is and what it looks like through the lens of an evidence-based, continuous improvement framework. Hear from colleagues who share examples of how they identify a challenge, collect the data needed, and take action for improvement in an iterative process ultimately focused on student success.

Presenters:

  • John Snelling, Paradise Valley Community College
  • Ana Torres, GateWay Community College

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Need Answers? getData

If you need answers to your data questions, we have a resource for you! In this session, we will walk through the features of our one-stop data portal, getData. Attendees will learn how to quickly find the right data by using search, filter, and sort criteria for Maricopa dashboards and reports including content from Tableau, SSRS, and more! Join us at this session to become a power user of dashboards and reports through getData!

Presenter:

  • Brandon Mesanko, Maricopa Community Colleges

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Breakout Session 5 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Structural (In)Equities: Creating Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Educational Practices

With the existence of structural inequities it has become more important than ever to disrupt these inequities. We find ourselves in unprecedented times and we face (new) challenges. This session shares strategies for disrupting structural inequities and promotes a culture of inclusion. The forum will focus on culturally sustaining pedagogy and how we can include diversity, inclusion, and equity into our educational practices. The goal is to engage in diverse perspectives and achieve equity.

Presenter:

  • Dr. Carla Ghanem, GateWay Community College

It's in the Syllabus

When developing your syllabus are you looking at it from a student perspective? "It’s in the Syllabus," will center on how faculty can inadvertently contribute to equity gaps and create unseen barriers to our diverse student population through course policies in the syllabus. Faculty members do not often see themselves as policy writers. All involved will benefit from examining policy from an inclusion lens. I will present results from a review of syllabi from the top 25 classes at EMCC. Join me for a discussion on what’s in your syllabus.

Presenter:

  • Shannon Manuelito, Estrella Mountain Community College

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Psychological PPE: Protecting Our Minds and Hearts in an Uncertain World

Leveraging GateWay’s 5C’s of Well-Being framework, we will explore the science of well-being and resilience and the evidence-based practices that have a proven impact on buoyancy in the face of challenges. Based on the power of "learn it, live it, teach it", we will create plans to cultivate well-being and resilience as psychological protection and elevation for our students and ourselves.

Presenter:

  • Kerry Sanderson, GateWay Community College

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Breakout Session 6 (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Implementing Embedded Tutor Programs

Embedded tutoring at EMCC is a collaborative effort between the Academic Success Center, math faculty, and a Title V Grant, that help students gain a greater understanding of course material, learn about campus resources, build peer-peer connections, and improve their experience in a math course. Tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups during classroom activities and connect with students outside of the classroom through drop-in tutoring hours, group tutoring sessions, and/or tutoring appointments.

Presenters:

  • Luvia Rivera, Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Martina Meraz, Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Sarah Lockhart, Estrella Mountain Community College

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I Believe in the Little Words: How Validation Influences Persistence

The little words can be all it takes to make a difference in the life of a student. Programs, money, services, and material things can facilitate a change, but sometimes all it takes is the little words to validate a student in order for them to take the next step toward their goals. This was the case in one study at EMCC that used validation theory to influence STEM persistence for women and minoritized students. 

Presenter:

  • Dr. Nuria M. Sanchez, Rio Salado College

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Using a Growth-Mindset to Build Community During COVID-19 and Enhance Student Success

Participants will examine personal barriers to community building that impact student success during COVID-19 and be challenged to turn these challenges into opportunities for personal and professional growth.  Following the conference theme of "a growth mindset", specific strategies for dealing with COVID-related challenges, adapted from the work of Carol Dweck, will be presented. Participants will develop a personal COVID-19 growth action plan that models adaptability and success for all students.

Presenter:

  • Ilse Kremer, Paradise Valley Community College

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