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Concurrent Session I: Tuesday, April 17, 2018                                               (10:30a.m.-11:20a.m.)

Title: Scars on the Inside: Understanding the Troubled Child (for professionals)        Room MR206

Presenter: Dr. Marquia V. Whitehead


Many students have situations that some adults would never understand. Imagine going home to an empty house. Imagine being sexually assaulted and constantly looking at the perpetrator because no one believed you. Imagine dealing with constant thoughts of “not being good enough” because you were the only child given up for adoption, while your biological siblings are far away. The list goes on and on. So many students are dealing with true situations, something they probably wish they can change, but they cannot. It is a harsh reality for many. Educators are given the responsibility to realize diversity far beyond color and culture. The objective of this session is for all professionals in educators to understand that the labeled “bad child” may have life issues that cause the behavior and backlash. It’s time to embrace those children, see life from their lenses, and embrace the diversity of life.

Title: LOSFA: Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance                                   Room MR207

Presenter: Ms. Brittani Williams (LOSFA)


General Financial Aid presentation will explore the bases of financial aid; federal aid, state aid, repayment options, institutional aid, packaging of awards by the institution, military aid, and private aid.

Title: Customer Service that will Transform you and your Students                             Room MR208

Presenter: Mr. Don Howard


In the spirit Advocating, Empowering and Transforming Education in TRIO, we look at how we serve our customers. Participants will review proven practices by one of the nation’s leading organizations and discuss strategies to take customer service to the next level

Concurrent Session II: Tuesday, April 17, 2018                                           (11:30a.m. – 12:20p.m.)

Title: TRIO RAMS Mentoring Program: A Case Study                                                      Room MR206

Presenters: Dr. Catherine Estis, Ph.D., Mr. Joe Riser, M.Ed.

Co-Presenters: Mr. Tommie Nelson, M.A., Dr. Johnny Gilleylen, Ph.D.



Retention and graduation rates among African American male students have received considerable coverage in recent years. Unfortunately, the literature reveals that African American male students, many who are top achievers in high school, go on to enroll in community colleges at a steady pace, yet graduation and retention rates are the lowest among this group. Mentoring programs can sometimes have little, if any, impact, particularly when there is not a clear vision and specific targeted outcomes intended for the mentoring intervention. The ULM TRIO RAMS Mentoring Program does not simply want to provide mentors for young people because they are lacking positive adult role models; instead, we aspire to provide mentors to enable them to successfully make the transition to adulthood. The ultimate goal is that these young men will become productive engaged adult citizens—law-abiding, connected to meaningful work, in healthy relationships, and living in healthy environments.

Since 2014, the University of Louisiana Monroe TRiO Program-Educational Talent Search (ULM TRIO ETS) in partnership with Parks Community Support Services, Inc. has sponsored a Raising Achievement of Male Students (RAMS) mentoring program. The year-around program provides coordinated efforts with area high schools, local businesses, and a cross-section of community leaders.

The mission of the Program is to academically and socially prepare students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds to complete high school, enroll in college, and graduate from college, as well as, to prepare for the ever-changing workforce. The RAMS Mentoring Program provides area high school males with opportunities to excel academically, prepare for college, and develop leadership skills necessary to shape the future around them. Core activities include capacity building, strategic communications, and network building. The ULM RAMS Mentoring program recognizes that change does not occur overnight—it takes a sustained, unyielding effort to aid these young men to develop into tomorrow’s leaders and community game changers. The ULM TRIO RAMS Program and stakeholders believe that by coordinating our efforts to make this program a success, it will have not only a positive effect on the students, but will also provide a better-educated community; a better prepared workforce; a self-sufficient individual; and a more productive citizen. The TRIO team will provide practical recommendations to effectively implement a mentoring program; summarize the arguments and reemphasize the significance of mentoring program for African American male students.

Title: Louisiana Youth for Excellence (LYFE)                                                      Room MR207

Presenter: Jamar Ennis


The purpose of this workshop is to identify best practices in getting parents involved in education.  Research shows that parent and family involvement in their child education increases students’ academic achievement and success.

Title: Empower-Presented by the Council for Opportunity in Education                     Room MR208

Presenter: Ms. Patricia Mahomond, COE Director of Strategic Initiatives


Empower helps you increase college access and change outcomes!  The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) developed this secure, cloud-based suite of tools using best-in-class technology to help TRIO staff, community partners, other college access and success professionals, administrators, and other stakeholders’ access and analyze data.

Concurrent Session III: Tuesday, April 17, 2018                                            (3:00p.m. – 3:50p.m.)

Title: Empowering Students Through Positive Communication                                     Room MR206

Presenter: Dr. Joslin Mar-Dai Pickens


According to Winston Churchill, “attitude is the little thing that makes a difference”. Creating a positive attitude and atmosphere for students may take more of a concerted effort than meets the eye. Learning about communication techniques to affirm students that need to create a more positive self-image, as well as those that want to enhance their positive self-image are equally important. The result of a seemingly small daily gesture, can empower the student with a positive outlook. In addition, using these same communication techniques can motivate the instructor beyond words.

Title: Policy Seminar is Over…Now What?                                                                      Room MR207

Presenters: Ms. Darica Simon, Dr. Julius Turner, Mr. Robert Carmouche-ULL, Ms. Stephanie Givens


The Urgency of Now ….more than ever your voice is needed as a TRIO professional to advocate on behalf of your program and students.  Do not fret if you did not attend the 2018 policy seminar in Washington, DC because this session is designed with you in mind. A distinguished group of panelists will update you on the 2018 policy message and share next steps for advocacy on the state and federal level.

Title: Ready…Set…Geaux: What students need to know about college before they arrive on campus                                                                                                                                    Room MR208

Presenter: Deborah Hollier

Generation Z is born and raised with the social web, they are digital-centric and technology is their identity. Discussions will be held how to communicate with them, understanding their characteristics, needs, attributes, and work style. 

Concurrent Session IV: Wednesday, April 18, 2018                                      (10:30a.m. -11:20a.m.)

Title: Statistics Lie: Change the Numbers (for students)                                                  Room MR206

Presenter: Dr. Marquia V. Whitehead


According to statistics, I should be a welfare and SNAP benefits recipient, low-income, behind bars, or even deceased. Looking back at my story, I am proud, yet humbled, to say that statistics were wrong. Those numbers presented in studies are only that – numbers. However, I also realize that I changed those numbers and others can do the same. My goals in life were far broader than imagined by those who viewed me as the lesser vessel because of the situations that I faced since birth. The objective of this study is to show students that they have the ability, strength, and capabilities to achieve goals beyond those that are expected according to their socioeconomic standings or community upbringing. Although their circumstances may seem unfair, it is not the end of the road. The question remains: are you willing to change the numbers?

Proposal Title: Redesigning Leadership in the Workplace: “The Superman within - Building Team Talent through Leadership.                                                                                                   Room MR207

Presenter: Dr. Tuesday Mahoney, Assistant Vice Chancellor for College Access SUSLA

Co-Presenter: Ms. Shelia Swift, Program Director Radiologic Technology SUSLA


This presentation will provide an exploration of leadership styles that aim to define leadership, shared methodologies, and employee moral techniques by engaging in an assessment of unique talents that enhance leadership skills.

The presenter will share quality enhancement techniques that explore leadership strategies. The presenters will implement a leadership assessment that will direct the participants to their various leadership styles. Venue for discussion will held with the participants that guide them through the evidence-based practice to address the issues of leadership in the workplace and equip each with a pathway to understanding how to become successful leaders. Presentation outcomes participant will be able to (1) complete a leadership assessment, (2) understand leadership levels for professional growth and development, and (3) implement success strategies for building team moral through the understanding of their personal leadership styles.


Empowering the TRIO Student Through Business & Public Speaking Etiquette         Room MR208

Presenter: Tonja Whitaker Prudhomme


This session will explore how empowering the Trio Student-Middle school/High school students with Business and Public Speaking Etiquette helping them to become more competitive in the college and job market.  The goal is to Conduct etiquette classes, develop curriculum with critical etiquette skills to help with their personal and professional success. Teaching the TRiO Student etiquette is designed to improve the quality of life for the TRiO students (all students) by empowering them with crucial social and professional etiquette skills.

Concurrent Session V: Wednesday, April 18, 2018                                    (11:30a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)

Title: TRIO Fun with Kahoot                                                                                             Room MR206

Presenter: Mr. Brian A. Smith


Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform for teachers of awesome, classroom superheroes and all learners.  Kahoot makes learning fun for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages! Play, learn, have fun and celebrate together! 

Instructional games are gaining acceptance in the classroom as the eLearning merits of student engagement and immediate feedback are recognized. Within higher education, the use of these tools is often limited due to lack of time, insufficient experience, or doubts regarding the scholarly merits of such activities. Kahoot is a popular eLearning tool that can easily be used to add vitality, student engagement, and meta-cognitive supports to higher education classrooms with limited instructor or student training required. The free online learning platform has gained wide acceptance globally with more than 30 million users worldwide, and it is based on current user-centered and behavioral design methodologies. Student responses and our experiences using Kahoot in graduate and undergraduate classrooms indicate that students welcome the use of this game. The real-time feedback provides opportunities for professors in various disciplines to tailor their instruction based on student understanding on quizzes while the surveys allow for anonymous classroom participation, which further engages all students. BRING YOUR PHONE, TABLET OR LAPTOP…

Title: Green Youth Foundation                                                                                           Room MR207

Presenter: Eboni Preston


The Greening Youth Foundation’s mission is to work with diverse youth and young adults in an effort to develop environmental stewards, promote environmental education, and provide service opportunities that create pathways to careers in conservation. Through internships, apprenticeships, and service crews, the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) provides participants with skills, transformative experiences, and support that prepares them as the next generation of global environmental leaders. Using specialized trainings, marketable certifications, and mentorship, GYF places over 500 youth and young adults in positions each year across the United States, 3 U.S. territories, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia. GYF hopes to partner with LASAP in an effort to support the TRiO program, and provide students with opportunities for advancement in their academic journeys and professional careers.

Title: LASAP’s 2018 Inaugural Advocacy Seminar: To Education is to Advocate       Room MR208

Presenters: LASAP 2018 ELI Class (Ms. Desiree Ephrom, Ms. Valori Washington, Ms. Donnetta Flowers, & Mr. Frank Newton)


The LASAP ELI Class will announce the Inaugural Advocacy Seminar with the emphasized theme” To Educate is to Advocate: TRIO WORKS!” We will breakdown the general purpose and benefit of the advocacy seminar, which is to inform and prepare the membership of the importance of advocacy at the local, state and national level. We intend to prepare STAFF and Alumni to share their TRIO stories with State Representatives that directly and indirectly affect TRIO programs. Advocacy is a method that we must consistently utilize to effectively spread the word of the importance and effectiveness of TRIO!

LASAP Inaugural Advocacy Seminar Workshop

I. Purpose

II. Location

III. Registration

IV. Summit

V. State Representatives of TRIO


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