Letter from Dr. Brenda J. Allen, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Dear Colleagues,

I'm delighted to host one of the many informative pre-conferences for GlobalMindED 2018 at CU Denver on Promising Practices for First Gen College Programs. Here is more information on the potential with the growing First Gen student population nationally. 

Our colleagues from the University of Arizona and several other programs around the country will share their best practices and develop a thought leadership team for a student led GlobalMindED Collaborative in addition to proven examples of what works best for First Gen success, completion and job on-boarding. The day will conclude with action planning with input from students, community members and staff who can provide a 360° perspective and be part of our solutions as a team without a hierarchy.

In addition to our Pre-Conference on effective First Gen programs,100 First Gen Students will have a dedicated day of leadership development exploring how they can contribute to the inclusive agenda on their own campus while opening doors for other First Gen students to develop the professional and personal networks they will receive this June 9-11 at GlobalMindED. Then, they will lead with us during the conference by contributing their ideas and insights to illuminate promising perspectives and practices. The more networks students have, the more successful and connected they will be and the more equal our world can become.  We thank our business partners, legislators, non-profit leaders, foundations and impact investors that fund our efforts and our fellow academics along the education to career pipeline  who join us on this learning journey of collaborating with First Gen students to meet and exceed their needs.

at GlobalMindED and at the  Pre-Conference intensive. 

During this session, participants will hear presentations from colleagues at institutions that have successful First Generation programs. Presenters will share practical and philosophical perspectives on their programs, and they will respond to attendees' questions. All participants will engage in roundtable discussions to delve more deeply into issues that are especially relevant to their institutions. The day will conclude with action planning with input from students, community members and staff who can provide 360* perspective. 

Our goal is to assemble a GlobalMindED thought leadership team of First Gen emerging experts who can share and vet their best ideas, learn from one another and participate in setting a national standard over time that other colleges can model to get all First Gen Students to graduate and secure gainful employment commensurate with their college investment.

Target Audience: 

Representatives (administrators, staff, faculty) from higher education institutions who are seeking guidance on how to develop and implement successful first gen programs. Participating institutions may be at varying stages of program development. We will also think through the GlobalMindED Collaborative model where First Gen students can be part of the campus inclusive thought leadership team.

Overall Goal: 

To provide a forum for sharing information, ideas, and insights that will empower and edify participants to develop or improve first generation programs, thereby increasing graduation rates, internship involvement, financial literacy, career awareness and bonds with faculty and other role models on campus and off. 


to GlobalMindED on Saturday, 
June 9 from 9 am to 3 pm:
Facilitators:  Dr. Brenda AllenUniversity of Colorado DenverDr. Cynthia Demetriou University of Arizona Christine Salvesen University of Arizona

Facilitators:  Chuck SchroederRural Futures InstituteChantal UnfugDivision of Local Government, State of Colorado John Busch Siemens 

Facilitators: Mary Lisa Harper, mindSpark Learning; Caroline Hill, CityBridge

Facilitators: Dr. Bree Langemo , Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
Dr. Rebecca Corbin , National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship  (NACCE); Dr. Gene Coulson , Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (EntreEd)

Facilitator: Mary Haynes, LifeBound

Facilitator: Ann Kaiser, ProjectEngin

Facilitators: Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Digital Citizenship Institute
David Goutcher, Polybius Games (UK); Bronwyn Joyce, Our Global Classroom (Australia); Brad Waid, International Award Winning Educator

Facilitators: Paul Deaderick, National Reconnaissance Office at the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado; Zyola Mix, SEAKR Engineering, Inc.
Jay Lindell, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Magens Orman, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Facilitators: Dr. Ahrash Bissell, The NROC Project; Jim Larimore, ACT Center for Equity in Learning; Dr. Hae Okimoto, University of Hawaii System; Terri Rowenhorst, The NROC Project

Facilitators: Dr. Jeff Sidders, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; Philip Kahn-Pauli, RespectAbility USA

Facilitators: Lorena Zimmer, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Sid Saleh, Colorado School of Mines; Jenny Smith, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
 Higher ED Track

Strategies for a Success for African-American and Latino Males
Presenters:  Dr. Jonathan Hershey, Georgia Highlands CollegeEvan Snelling, Georgia Highlands College Gregory Shropshire, 100 Black Men of Rome-NWGA, Inc.Octavius Landon, Georgia Highlands College Student; Rontavious Coley, Georgia Highlands College Student

Never Say No: Navigating a Pilot Program for Under-Prepared College Writing Students
Presenters:  Lisa Hacker , College of the Mainland ; Zahmar Rounds , University of Houston-Downtown ; Regina Mitchell , College of the Mainland ; Dr. Birney Smiles , College of the Mainland Sarah Rangel College of the Mainland Student

K-12 Track
Presenters: Judy Perez, iLearn Collaborative Kate Farmer , Asia Society
Dr. Brandon Wiley, GlobalEdLeader ; Karla Phillips , Foundation for Excellence in Education

Presenters: Robert Hacker, StartUP FIURichard Martinez, Young Americans Center for Financial Education; Heidi Cuppari, Dream Tank

Presenters:  Maia Sharpley, Charter Schools USAMike Miles, Third Future Schools ; Heather Mock , Dawson School; Whitney Allen, Parent Institute for Quality Education

Presenters:  Bryan Goodwin, McRELHeather Hierbsch, TeachUNITED; Kellie Lauth, mindSpark LearningJosh Weisgrau, Global Digital Promise

Presenters:  Dwight Jones, McGraw-Hill Education; Stan Hickory, Mapleton Public SchoolsBill de la Cruz, Denver Public SchoolsDr. Dawn Mcwilliams, Fulton Academy of Excellence

Presenters:  Jane Shirley, Catapult LeadershipAlexis K. Morgan, Doctoral Graduate, Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education; Sybil Owens, Aurora Public Schools and African American Male Empowerment & Success; Dr. Deb Sandella, RIM Institute; Sara Spanier, Education Pioneers


Building Bridges to STEM Learning for all Students 
Presenters: Dr. Jenny Nash, LEGO® Education North America; Dr. Leanna Prater, LEGO® Education; Aaron Mauer, Mississippi Bend AEA and 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. 

Girls & STEAM: Equity, Inclusion, and Excellence 
Presenters: Sylvia Martinez, Constructing Modern Knowledge; Alex Dexheimer, Twin Cities PBS; Dr. Gina Cherkowski, STEM Learning Lab (Canada)

Policy Track

Presenters:  Dr. Sally Johnstone, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and Foundation for Student Success
Dr. Denise Pearson, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Dr. Tricia Johnson, Community College of Aurora; Ken Pepion, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Presenters:  Dr. Reggie Ferreira, Tulane University Dr. Beth Caniglia, Regis UniversityIain Hyde, Department of Local Affairs, State of Colorado

Global Work Skills Track

Presenters:  Delna Weil, Global Nomads Group
Bert Vercamer , AFS International
Christopher Ahearn, Reach the World
Presenters:  Tara Laughlin, PAIRIN
Laura Beving, Cross Purpose; Jeremy Wickenheiser, Denver School of Sciences and Technology Public Schools; Dr. Nicole Gravagna, NeuroEQ; Allison Grenney, PAIRIN
Presenters:  Hope Mukai  and  Dr. Melinda Cain , World Affairs Challenge

Presenter: Lyndsey Anderson and Eleanor Garrett , America Needs You

The presentation will focus on supporting first-generation college students in securing internships. An internship provides essential career experience and is a central stepping-stone to securing full-time employment after graduation; however, low-income, first-generation students face unique challenges in the internship process. This presentation will focus on America Needs You's approach to supporting students in searching for, securing and thriving in an internship experience. Attendees will leave the session with a sense of America Needs You's best practices in leveraging volunteer support, managing relationships with corporate partners who provide internships, and equipping students with tools for success.

Presenters:  Tania Hogan, Julia Trejo (student), Rebecca Buchannan (student), Zainab Hashem (student), University of Colorado Denver

This session will share the unique experiences of first generation students in an undergraduate teacher preparation program, NxtGEN, which specifically recruits, prepares and supports our next generation of diverse and talented teachers. You will hear first-hand experiences and success stories from the students and residency coordinator of how a community of learners was developed and what supports and opportunities are available for students on campus and their school sites. In addition, some ongoing challenges and barriers that they face on campus and at their school sites will be shared with some possible solutions.
Presenter:  Kevin Carter, Adonai Center, Inc.

The roundtable will examine the philosophical and pragmatic rationale behind the Adonai Center's Fellows model which addresses the human capital development needed to enhance the value of African American young males, equip them with professional skills and competencies, enable them to understand their role in society, and position them to compete and survive in a global economy.
Presenter:  Deidre Orriola, University of South Florida

According to the Office of Civil Rights, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs which receive federal funds. Typically, adherence to Title IX reminds the reader of funding in men's and women's sports; prevention of sexual harassment and assault; equity in hiring, salary and promotion; and protection for transgender persons. Participants of this roundtable will be able to 1) Examine their institutions barriers and facilitators to gender equity in the context of Title IX, and 2) Develop a plan to address gender equity at their institution.

Presenters:  Dr. Elena Sandoval-Lucero and Dr. Jean Runyon, Front Range Community College

Community colleges have an access mission. The diversity of our students requires effectiveness in educating students who have been underrepresented in higher education. Community colleges must examine how students experience the campus, and improve student outcomes. Campus initiatives promoting inclusion cannot be delivered piecemeal. Employee diversity must increase, and campuses must engage in self-reflection to examine their own assumptions, and have courageous conversations about equity. The impetus for these initiatives must come from leadership and be articulated at all levels of the organization. This session describes the process used to promote inclusion, and increase equity at two Colorado community colleges.

Presenter:  Thomas Leyba, ASU Teacher's College and Time to Teach

Participants learn research-based strategies and best practices for highly effective classroom management. They learn successful techniques that can be used immediately to cut down on 70 percent of low-level discipline problems in the classroom, restoring valuable instructional and learning time and establishing a calmer teaching environment. No repeated warnings, no arguments, no threats. 

GlobalMindED and  the PVBLIC Foundation invite you to our Op ening Di nner on the    United Nations Sustainable Develo pment Goals (SDGs) 

This event on June 9th will kick off the 2018 GlobalMindED Conference that will convene 1,000+ national and global thought leaders in business, education, STEM and more and 100 first-generation-to-college students. 

When: June 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

GlobalMindED and  HP Inc., Intel, Nvidia, Broadcom, Colorado Technology Association and The Commons on Champa invite you to our Tech Day of Industry
The Tech Day of Industry is an event for inspiring, engaging, and empowering underserved populations and first-generation students - from first gen-high school graduates to first-gen college students - ages 16-19.

Students will spend a half-day with HP and various Northern Colorado companies as part of the GlobalMindED conference. 

When: June 11, 2018 at 8:45 am

GlobalMindED invites students to our career Fair with College Degree and Career Fair with High School Diploma

Students will meet various companies as part of the GlobalMindED conference. 

When: June 11, 2018 
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  Support our First-Generation Student Leadership Program 

Your support and contributions will translate into valuable networking connections for First-Gen student leaders and their peers.  

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