Meliora letters spelled out in front of Rush Rhees Library

Secondary Schools Issues Conference

Information about SSIC 2020 will be shared here soon.  For now, read on for more information about last year’s program!


What is SSIC?
SSIC is a professional conference for our secondary school colleagues who support college-bound high school students. You will see the spirit and activity of Rochester’s campus and have opportunities to share ideas and relevant issues with higher education colleagues from all over the US and the world through a series of educational sessions, panels, and group discussions.

2019 Theme
The 34th SSIC theme is “Selective College Admissions: Digging Deeper into Holistic Review.”

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Bastedo

Michael Bastedo

Michael Bastedo is Professor of Education, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan.  His scholarly interests are in higher education decision making, particularly college admissions, stratification, enrollment management, rankings, and governance.  In 2013, he received the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.  Professor Bastedo has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands, and a visiting scholar at the Bellagio Center, Stanford, and Sciences Po. His recent books are American Higher Education in the 21st Century and The Organization of Higher Education: Managing Colleges for a New Era (both Johns Hopkins University Press).  His most recent research, funded by The National Science Foundation and The National Center for Educational Statistics, has been reported by journalists at National Public Radio, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.  He holds the Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.

Secondary Schools Issues Conference Presenters

Jennifer Blask

SESSION: Navigating the Admissions Process and Transition to College: International students at US high schools and undocumented/DACA students


Jennifer Blask is the Executive Director of International Admissions at the University of Rochester where she has worked for the past twelve years. She previously lived in Belgium and has traveled to over 60 countries through her work in international education. Jennifer is a member of the International ACAC Advocacy & Outreach Committee. She completed her master’s degree in college student personnel at Miami University and her bachelor of arts degree in international relations and French from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Dr. Jennifer Glynn

SESSION: Transfer Students at Selective Institutions

As Director of Research & Evaluation at Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Dr. Jennifer Glynn (née Jennifer Giancola) is responsible for designing and implementing rigorous evaluations of the foundation’s scholarship and grant programs and providing program staff with information that can be used to improve those programs. She also heads the foundation’s research on issues pertaining to the Excellence Gap, the disparity in the percent of lower-income versus other students who reach advanced levels of academic excellence.

Prior to joining the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Dr. Glynn was a senior associate at Abt Associates Inc., where she conceptualized and led evaluation studies of federal and private educational initiatives. She is experienced conducting evaluation and research studies using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, and her substantive areas of interest include access and retention in postsecondary education.

Dr. Glynn is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her MsEd and PhD in higher education. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond with a BA in sociology and women’s studies.

Molly Jolliff

SESSION: Navigating the Admissions Process and Transition to College: International students at US high schools and undocumented/DACA students

Molly Jolliff has been with the University of Rochester since 2004 and currently serves as Director of International Student Engagement and Associate Director of Advising Services.  Molly serves as a champion for international undergraduates within the College and a coordinator of international student support activities.  Molly works on a variety of programs and projects designed to foster international student success. She is the lead instructor of the US Life: Customs and Practices course for first-year international students.  She is also an Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellow within the Provost’s Office and the Office for Faculty Development where she is supported to create a Global Citizenship Certificate program.  She has an MS in international studies from St. John Fisher College and a BA in international studies from Cortland State University.

Joe Latimer

SESSION: Spotlight on Application Review: An inside look at University of Rochester’s holistic review process

This is Joe Latimer’s 13th year in the Office of Admissions at the University of Rochester, 26th year in college admissions. As Assistant Dean for Enrollment Diversity and Outreach Joe currently manages a number of personnel, programs, social media outlets and CRM resources aimed at ensuring a diverse undergraduate student body at Rochester. Joe is a senior leader in the office, with responsibilities that include hiring and developing staff, evaluating performance, overseeing projects and programs and their respective budgets, and serving as a member of the Dean’s Cabinet. Joe serves as an Undergraduate Advisor, offering career counseling, academic guidance, and personal advice to 20 first year and sophomore students. He also serves as an ally to first generation, low income, and LGBTQ students, those who may be physically different or have different abilities, as well as undocumented students. Since 2016 he has served as the program manager for Early Connection Africa, a four-week summer bridge program for up to 46 college-bound students from Sub-Saharan Africa. ECA is in partnership with African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation.

Dr. Amy Lerner

SESSION: Empowering Women in STEM

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Academic Director, Center for Medical Technology and Innovation; Co-chair, Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia.

Dr. Lerner joined the University of Rochester in 1997 in mechanical engineering, and moved to Biomedical Engineering when it was formed in 2000. Her research focuses on biomechanics of the knee and cornea, with a goal of developing personalized medical treatments for arthritis and vision correction. Her teaching and mentoring in biomechanics has introduced many students to research careers in industry and academia. As co-leader of the department’s senior design program, Lerner enables students to apply what they learn in the classroom to “real-world” challenges. She lines up corporate, private, and Medical Center sponsors to engage students in creating everything from better walkers for children with disabilities to portable devices to detect diabetes among South Pacific islanders. She helps prepare CMTI master’s students for entry into the medical device industry with several weeks “immersion” in clinical settings.

Dr. Lerner’s personal academic history has been quite varied and provides an appreciation of the uncertainty that prospective students may have about their futures. Her background includes undergraduate degrees in apparel design and mechanical engineering as well as four years as a design engineer for the Shuttle Space Suit program, before receiving her PhD and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan.

Lerner is playing a key role in the University’s efforts to strengthen its culture of respect by serving as co-chair of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia. Through this work, she has helped to raise awareness of cultural issues that can impact the experience of those from under-represented groups, and guided related changes in policies and procedures.  She is committed to increasing opportunities for women in STEM by advocating for changes in recruitment, retention and promotion practices for both students and faculty.

Dr. Andre McKenzie

SESSION: Spotlight on Application Review: An inside look at University of Rochester’s holistic review process

Andre McKenzie is an Associate Director in the Office of Admissions at the University of Rochester. Since starting at Rochester in 2005, he has served in a variety of roles highlighted by coordinating the campus tour guide program and serving as the Athletics Liaison. Andre is currently a member of the Midwest recruitment team, the Transfer team, and is the Program Manager for the Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE) and Dual Degree Nursing (DDN).

He received his bachelor’s degree in communication and his masters in student affairs administration from the University at Buffalo. In 2013, Andre earned his EdD from the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. His dissertation was a study on the student involvement of Black males at the University of Rochester. His favorite aspect of admissions travel is sampling the local cuisine of his various destinations. Outside of work, he spends his time with his wife Heather and his sons Graeme and Quincy, whom he affectionately calls Team GQ.

Dr. Patrick O’Neill

SESSION: Spotlight on Application Review: An inside look at University of Rochester’s holistic review process

Patrick, a Rochester native, joined the Admissions Office at Rochester in 2007 after working for a number of years in public libraries.  In his current role, he leads the Local Team that is responsible for recruitment and application review for all of NY State outside of the NYC Metro area, acts as a liaison to faculty and other campus partners, and supports onboarding and ongoing training initiatives for Admissions Counselors.  Patrick served as Mentor for Rochester’s third Posse Foundation cohort from the Washington DC area and currently sits on the Executive Board of the New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling.  He studied history and American studies at SUNY Geneseo, and he earned an MS and EdD from the Warner School of Education and Human Development at Rochester.

Anna Ragno

SESSION: Reframing Holistic Application Review: Looking beyond the numbers can be a game changer

Anna is an Associate Director of Admissions, Regional Recruitment at Utica College. She is a regional counselor, working in the areas of Long Island, Connecticut and California. She has worked at UC since graduating from Hartwick College in 2012 with a BA in psychology and a strong focus in sociology. In 2018, she earned her MBA from Utica College with a specialization in health care administration. During that time, she was able to take time researching the holistic review process and retention. This ultimately led to narrowing the focus for her capstone on this topic and how the holistic review process could potentially show factors that can help predict retention. Her researched has helped shape the application review process and retention efforts at Utica College. Outside of her research, Anna is extremely involved in state and local associations and sits on multiple Executive Boards like NYSACAC. Outside of her research and work, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Mike running, and playing in her local adult field hockey league.

Dr. Ted Thornhill

SESSION: We Want Black Students, Just Not You: How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students

Dr. Ted Thornhill is an assistant professor of sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. His research and writing examines color-blind ideology and new racism practices across social institutions and settings. Thornhill’s latest study, published in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, investigated how white college admissions counselors screen black prospective students. His writing has also appeared in outlets such as Urban Education, The Conversation, Inside Higher Ed, and The Grio. Thornhill’s teaching and research has been covered by numerous media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Root, Forbes, and The Boston Globe.

Dr. Amanda Tucker

SESSION: Empowering Women in STEM

Amanda Tucker is an assistant professor (non-tenure-track) and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the mathematics department at the University of Rochester. She holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. Her area of research interest is number theory. She is also the director of the GirlsGetMath@Rochester summer program for high school girls.

Samantha Veeder

SESSION: Financial Aid at the University of Rochester

Sam is the Associate Dean of College Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid at University of Rochester, a private institution and top-tier research university with total enrollment over 6,000 undergraduates and nearly 4,700 graduate students and total administered financial aid of over $300 million.  Sam has over 26 years of experience in the financial aid profession, previously serving as director of financial aid at Syracuse University, Nazareth College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Keuka College and as a senior consultant at Scannell & Kurz, Inc. Over the years, she has been active in state, regional, and national professional organizations.  She has served as Treasurer of both NYSFAAA and EASFAA, and is currently serving as President of EASFAA and Chair-Elect of the College Board CSS/Financial Aid Assembly Council.  Sam is the recipient of the NYSFAAA Citation of Appreciation, NYSFAAA Sister Bernadine Hayes and Rusty Hopkins Service Award, the NYSFAAA Region III Service Award, and the EASFAA Leadership Award.  Sam is a frequent presenter at financial aid nights, workshops and conferences particularly on technology, financial aid, and enrollment management topics. Sam is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BS in health services administration and Nazareth College with an MS in management.


June 12, 2019
Throughout the day Arrival in Rochester, shuttle to Hilton Garden Inn in College Town
3:30PM Gather in hotel lobby
3:45PM Counselors ride bus from hotel to Wallis Hall

Departs from Wallis Hall, ends at Morey Hall 321

Campus Tour
Morey Hall 321
Student Panel
Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons
Welcome remarks and cocktails

Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons

DINNER with Admissions staff and student panelists
8:00PM Counselors ride bus from back of Rush Rhees Library to hotel
June 13, 2019
7:30AM BREAKFAST at hotel
8:30AM Counselors ride bus from hotel to the back of Rush Rhees Library (participants may walk, if desired)
Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library
Keynote address: Dr. Michael Bastedo
10:15-10:30AM BREAK
Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons
Session I: Dr. Ted Thornhill

“We Want Black Students, Just Not You”: How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students

11:45AM-12:00PM BREAK
12:00-1:15PM LUNCH The Pit in Wilson Commons
(New York State counselors to attend a lunch session on the Higher Education Opportunity Program in the Faculty Club in Douglass Commons)
Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons
Session II: Dr. Amy Lerner, Dr. Elaine Sia, Dr. Amanda Tucker
Empowering Women in STEM
2:15-2:30PM BREAK
Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons
Session III: Dr. Jennifer Glynn
Transfer Students at Selective Institutions
3:45-4:00PM BREAK
Feldman Ballroom in Douglass Commons
Session IV: Jennifer Blask and Molly Jolliff
Navigating the Admissions Process and Transition to College: International students at US high schools and undocumented/DACA students 
5:00-5:15PM Counselors ride bus from back of Rush Rhees Library to hotel
5:15-6:15PM FREE TIME
6:15-6:30PM Counselors ride bus from hotel to Eastman School of Music
6:30-7:10PM Tour of Eastman School of Music
7:10-7:15PM Counselors ride bus to dinner
7:15-8:45PM DINNER – The Jackrabbit Club at Restaurant Good Luck
8:45PM Counselors ride bus back to hotel
June 14, 2019
7:40AM Counselors ride bus from hotel to Wallis Hall
(Those departing directly from campus at 2:15 should bring their luggage, which can be stored in Wallis Hall.)
Admissions Conference Room in Wallis Hall
Financial Aid at University of Rochester
9:15-9:30AM BREAK

Interfaith Chapel, River Level

Session V: Joe Latimer, Dr. Patrick O’Neill, Dr. Andre McKenzie 

Spotlight on Application Review: An inside look at University of Rochester’s holistic review process

Interfaith Chapel, River Level
LUNCH with University of Rochester Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment
Admissions Conference Room, Wallis Hall
Session VI: Anna Ragno
Reframing Holistic Application Review: Looking beyond the numbers can be a game changer
2:00PM Conference ends
2:15PM Bus departs from Wallis Hall to the Greater Rochester International Airport or to hotel
2:30-4:30PM Shuttle to airport provided by hotel




Travel and Reimbursement Information for Participants

Hotel information: SSIC guests will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn at College Town. The hotel address is 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, NY 14620. Parking for hotel guests is complimentary.  Guests will be able to take a shuttle to and from campus throughout the conference. University of Rochester will cover the cost of guests’ hotel rooms on June 12 and 13.  Please note that, though the cost of your room is covered, you may be asked to provide a credit card for incidentals upon check in.

Travel reimbursement: All SSIC participants may be reimbursed for their travel costs to and from Rochester, NY at the conclusion of the conference.  We ask that participants book their travel no later than 14 days prior to the conference. Please note that, unless you have recieved advance approval from conference organizers, your travel itinerary must depart from and conclude at the same location.  For those driving to campus, mileage is reimbursed at $0.20/mile.

University Visitor Parking: All guests staying overnight during the conference should plan to park at the hotel (this is complimentary).  A shuttle will be available to transport guests to and from the conference. For guests not staying overnight and planning to park on campus, you will need to stop at the Visitor Information Booth (500 Wilson Blvd., Rochester, NY 14627) each day to pick up a one-day parking permit.  There will be no cost to you for these permits.

Driving Directions to campus: From The East Motorists coming to Rochester via the New York State Thruway, Rt. 90, should use Exit 46; take I-390 North to Exit 17. Turn left onto Scottsville Road. At the second light, bear right onto Elmwood Avenue. Cross the Genesee River Bridge and take a left onto Wilson Blvd.

From The West Use Thruway Exit 47, take I-490 East to I-390 South to Exit 17. Take a left onto Scottsville Road. At the third light, bear right onto Elmwood Avenue. Cross the Genesee River Bridge and take a left onto Wilson Blvd.

From The South Take I-390 North to Exit 17. Turn left onto Scottsville Road. At the second light, bear right onto Elmwood Avenue. Cross the Genesee River Bridge and take a left onto Wilson Blvd.

Previous SSIC Events

Take a look back at what topics were covered during previous Secondary Schools Issues Conferences!

2018 Theme
The 33rd SSIC theme was “Taking its Toll: Exploring and addressing causes of stress and anxiety among college-bound youth.”

2017 Theme
The 32nd SSIC theme was “Breaking the Mold: Empowering and Supporting Underrepresented Students in Higher Education.”

Dr. Stella M. Flores is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She is also Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU. Dr. Flores holds an EdD in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, an EdM from Harvard University, an MPAff from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Rice University.

In her research she employs quantitative methods to examine large-scale databases, grades K through 20, to investigate the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations. Dr. Flores has written about demographic changes in U.S. education, the role of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions in the U.S and abroad, Minority Serving Institutions, Latino and immigrant students, English Language Learners, and community colleges. Her publications include various peer-reviewed articles in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, American Journal of Education, The Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, The Journal of Mixed Methods, The Journal of College Admission, The Future of Children, and The Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education, as well as three co-edited volumesHer coauthored work (with Catherine L. Horn) has been cited in the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court Gratz v. Bollinger decision (dissenting opinion) and in various amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court on affirmative action cases in higher education admissions. Professor Flores serves on the editorial boards of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Review of Higher EducationSociology of Education, and the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness and AERA Open.

In 2017 she was named “One of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond” by Diverse Issues Magazine and has also been recognized as one of the top 200 scholars in Education Week’s RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings from 2015-2017 as well as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010. She currently serves as a member of the Committee on Developing Indicators of Educational Equity from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, a board member of The Institute for Higher Education Policy and the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education, and was recently elected as an at-large member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her research has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation and the Educational Testing Service. Prior appointments before NYU include Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University as well as positions as a program evaluator for the U.S. General Accountability Office and a program specialist for the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

A Haudenosaunee Education: belonging, identity, and governance


Hugh Burnam (Mohawk Nation, wolf clan) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University.  He holds a B.S. in Individualized: Ethnic and Minority Studies (2010) and an M.A. in Adult Education (2011) from Buffalo State College.  His research interests include social justice in education, community engagement efforts, narrative/ oral histories, and Indigenous gender studies. Hugh’s dissertation explores Indigenous student experiences in higher education, nation-building, and Indigenous masculinities. Examining Haudenosaunee worldview, Hugh considers Native identity as paramount for students’ sense of belonging and persistence in education.  Therefore, secondary and post-secondary education leadership, administration, staff, and faculty must research Native identity, as it is a critical component for Native student success, development, and self-determination.

Tackling Affordability: How Financial Aid Can Help

Shalena Clary

Shalena Clary is a Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Rochester.  She has worked in financial aid for 16 years, the last 4 of which have been with the University of Rochester.  Prior to her time here, she held

various roles in enrollment operations at a community college, including at various times responsibility for the oversight of Enrollment, Financial Aid, Alumni, and Veterans’ Affairs.

Throughout her professional career, she also has served on the Executive Council and as Vice President for SUNYFAP- the organization for State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals.  She is currently serving on the Executive Council for the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA).  She has presented at several SUNYFAP and NYSFAAA Conferences as well as High School Guidance Counselor workshops and NYSACAC Round Table Discussions.

She received her Master’s in Business Administration from SUNY Institute of Technology.  Her undergraduate majors were secondary education and economics, so she has found that her financial aid career allows her to utilize all of her degrees in an unconventional way.  With a passion for financial literacy she aims to explain financial aid to students and families in a manner that helps them plan and pay for their college degree, while simultaneously preparing them for a successful financial future after postsecondary education.

Preparing African American Students for Life at Predominately White Colleges


Douglas Guiffrida is a Professor of Counseling and Human Development and the Warner Graduate School of Education, University of Rochester. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State. His primary research focus is to understand the experiences of College Students of Color in order to more effectively support their college success. He also explores the use of constructivist pedagogical practices in counselor training and supervision and mind/body approaches to healing chronic pain. He is the author of over 30 articles and book chapters that have appeared in leading counseling and higher education publications and his book, Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy (Routledge), was the winner of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision’s 2015 “Publication of the Year Award.”  Guiffrida was also awarded the 2007 American Counseling Association’s Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award, which recognizes innovative college student affairs research. He has served as associate editor for Best Practices for the Journal of Counseling Development, senior associate editor for the Journal of College Counseling, and as a reviewer and editorial board member for several other scholarly publications. He also has a small private practice that uses mind/body approaches to heal people in chronic pain.

College Disability 101: What Every Prospective Student Should Know (Even if They Don’t Have a Disability)


Wendy Harbour is the director of the National Center for College Students with Disabilities, based at the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD).  She is an Obama appointee to the National Council on Disability and a lecturer in policy and communication equity at Saint Catherine University.  Her publications include chapters in How Did You Get Here? Students with Disabilities and their Journeys to Harvard and Righting Education Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education, as well as articles on disability and higher education in the Journal on Postsecondary Education and Disability, Review of Disability Studies, and Innovative Higher Education.  Her primary scholarly interests are disability in higher education, race and disability, disability studies, and universal design.  She holds a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University.  She is active in the Deaf community and lives with her wife and family in Minnesota.

Transparency in the Face of Disbelief: College Counseling for Urban First Generation Students

Roy Stone

Roystone J. Martinez, Med, MA hails from East Harlem, NY and his mantra is, “I change lives!”  He takes pride in helping first generation college students and students from marginalized backgrounds self-actualize and realize their true potential.  Ever the educator, he currently serves as the College Counselor and College Prep Instructor at Harlem Village Academies HS in New York City. Prior to his work as a teacher, he worked for a series of non-profit organizations whose mission focused on closing the access gap to prestigious institutions for underserved and underprivileged students. Before that, he worked as Associate Director of Admissions and Founding Director of the R.I.S.E. program at Emmanuel College in Boston. MA.  He was instrumental in helping Emmanuel College with their diversity recruitment and persistence needs.  A graduate of Boston College, he received a B.A. in Human Development with a theater minor and a concentration in Black Studies.  He received his first Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning & Social Policy.  His research interest at the time was identifying the variables which help low-income students of color persist at predominantly white institutions. He received his second Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College with a double focus in Human Development and Developmental Psychology.  His research focus while at Columbia was focused around Hip-Hop music and culture and the perpetuation of the “Down-Low” phenomena among urban, black and Latino LGBTQ identifying people.  A self-professed gender bender, Roystone’s passion lies in advocacy, education, the arts, and international travel.

Keynote: Breaking the Mold of Who Goes to and Succeeds in College

Recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education, Shaun R. Harper is an expert on race, campus climates, and student success in higher education. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He also is president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the leading scholarly organization in his field. Professor Harper has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and received more than $12 million in research grants. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College. His research has been cited in more than 5,000 published studies. The New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalChronicle of Higher Education, and over 11,000 newspapers have quoted Dr. Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR. This summer, he is joining the University of Southern California faculty as the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor of Education, and founding executive Director of the USC Race & Equity Center.

Empowering Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Presenters: Ellen Broido, Wendy Harbour, Diane Wiener

Dr. Ellen M. Broido has been an associate professor of higher education and student affairs at Bowling Green State University since 2001. She teaches in the College Student Personnel program and the Higher Education Administration program and serves as an affiliated faculty member in women’s studies. Dr. Broido received a BA from Columbia University in biology (1987), an MSEd from Indiana University with a dual degree in higher education and student affairs and in counseling and guidance (1990), and an EdD from the Pennsylvania State University in counselor education (1997).

Her research focuses on diversity and social justice issues in higher education and on international perspectives on student affairs work. Dr. Broido’s publications include the books Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach (2017, co-authored with Nancy Evans, Kirsten Brown, and Autumn Wilke) and Developing Social Justice Allies (2005, co-edited with Robert Reason, Nancy Evans, and Tracey Davis).

Dr. Broido teaches courses related to student learning and development, college environments, diversity and social justice issues in higher education, qualitative methods, and the internationalization of student affairs, including leading study tours to South Africa, Scotland, and the UK. She has taught and consulted with universities in China and South Africa.

Diane Wiener is the Director of the Disability Cultural Center at Syracuse University. She joined Syracuse University’s Division of Student Affairs (now the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience) in October of 2011. She has extensive experience in teaching, group facilitation, advising, and mentoring. She also has significant experience in program development and management, leadership, counseling, disability advocacy, assessment and supervision. Diane has worked closely with people with disabilities in non-therapeutic and therapeutic contexts, in accordance with sociocultural models of disability.

From 2005 to 2011, Diane served as an assistant professor at SUNY Binghamton in the Department of Social Work. Diane has also worked as a graduate teaching associate and instructor of record at the University of Arizona, and as an adjunct faculty member and graduate advisor for the Master of Arts programs at the Prescott College Tucson Center. She worked with the Tucson Youth Development Midtown Neighborhood Project, the Tucson LGBTIQ Youth Suicide Prevention Project, and for many agencies and organizations in the social services and activist fields in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona.

Diane earned her PhD from the University of Arizona, majoring in comparative cultural and literary studies and minoring in anthropology. She has a postgraduate certificate in medical anthropology, also from the University of Arizona. She received a BS in animal science from Rutgers University and an MSW from Yeshiva University. Diane is registered as a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of New York.

Diane is a member of the Syracuse University Contemplative Collaborative. In 2016, she was appointed co-chair of the university-wide Council on Diversity and Inclusion. She has published widely in a variety of subjects related to diversity, social justice, inclusion, pedagogy, and empowerment, with attention paid in particular to interdisciplinarity (including feminist and queer media studies, sociolinguistic and medical anthropology, and critical theory), cross-disabilities perspectives, and the Mad Pride movement. Later that year, Diane began blogging for the Huffington Post. Diane’s blog for the Huffington Post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center, the Syracuse University Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, or Syracuse University.

Also a part-time faculty member, Diane proudly and happily teaches various courses at Syracuse University.

Conflicting Conceptions of Education: Where to From Here?

Presenter: David Hursh

David Hursh is a professor in the teaching and curriculum program at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. His recent research and writing reflect three specific areas of interest. First, he situates the current corporate-based education reform effort within the context of the rise and dominance of neoliberal economic policies. This includes examining the changing role of governance in society where philanthropists, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and investment fund managers increasingly influence education policy.

Second, he has worked to design and implement curricula that promote a sustainable society. This ranges from reconceptualizing educational goals to include practices that contribute to understanding the physical and social world as a holistic system. This includes not only teaching about energy and water use, but also creating an environment that supports the health of humans and other living things. He has created lessons and taught in classrooms in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in urban and suburban schools in the US. He also worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2011-2012 on the Millennium Development Project on attaining the Millennium Development Goals.

Third, he studies the way in which education policy is increasingly globalized so that the politics of education reform have similarities across different countries. Most recently, he has been speaking, teaching, and researching in New Zealand and Australia.

Hursh is responsible for teaching three courses: ED 404, Teaching, Curriculum and Change, ED 532, Action Research Methods, and EDU 428, Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School. In his Teaching, Curriculum and Change course, Hursh encourages students to conduct research on past and current issues in education, including the role of philanthropists, standardized testing, teachers unions, and inequality. His doctoral course on action research prepares students to use action research to investigate their own and others’ educational practices. Finally, his course on elementary social studies supports teachers and teacher candidates in developing curriculum and pedagogy in social studies education. Hursh supports students in raising and answering questions that are personally and politically significant. He occasionally teaches an advanced doctoral seminar, most recently on globalization and education.

Hursh’s most recent publications focus on the changing governance of public schools, including the increasing impact on education policy by philanthropists, corporations, non-governmental agencies and politicians. He has also written both theoretical and practical articles and books about education for sustainability and social studies education.

Hursh has given presentations on the above topics in the US and around the globe. He has given addresses at the United Nations, in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Canada, and at numerous international conferences in Europe and North America. He is the associate editor for the Americas for the Journal of Education Policy and an associate editor for the journal Policy Futures in Education. In addition to his appointment as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Hursh has been on the faculty of Swarthmore College, a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a visiting scholar at the University of Waikato and the University of Redlands, and a research fellow at Bristol University.

Support for Undocumented Youths in Secondary and Higher Education

Presenter: Dr. Fanny Lauby

Fanny Lauby is an assistant professor of political science at William Paterson University. She received her MA from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. In 2014, she received a PhD in political science from the City University of New York Graduate Center and a PhD in American studies from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Prior to joining the faculty at William Paterson, she has taught at Baruch College – CUNY and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. Dr. Lauby’s research focuses on the experiences and the political mobilization of immigrant youths in the US.

Counseling the Non-Traditional Student for Future Success in the Admission Process

Presenters: Jason Nevinger, Tanya Strachan, Dawn Bruner

Jason Nevinger is a nineteen-year admissions counseling professional, having begun his career at his alma mater, Westminster College (PA), in 1998. Since 2015, he has been one of six regional associate directors for the University of Rochester and is based in Raleigh, NC. His recruitment efforts include portions of the southeastern United States, New England, East Asia, and the Middle East. Additionally, he works closely training new admissions counselors in the office and serves on several admissions committees within the office. Prior to his time at the University of Rochester, Nevinger spent nine years as an associate director of admission at Carnegie Mellon University, heading up their Student Recruitment Services Team, which focused on all aspects of on-campus admission programming. While at Carnegie Mellon, he coordinated the admissions review process for the School of Art, the School of Design, the School of Architecture, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Tepper School of Business. Previous to Carnegie Mellon, he also worked at Duquesne University as an assistant director of international admissions. Throughout his career, he has held numerous elected and appointed positions in the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, including as chair of finance and budget, chair of conference planning, and the Association’s president from 2012–2013. Currently, he serves on the National Association of College Admission Counseling Greater Raleigh College Fair Committee and is a faculty member for the Southern ACAC Dry Run Program for new hires in admissions. Jason lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife Emily, son Bradley and their nine-year-old Cocker Spaniel Charlie.

Tanya Strachan is the Assistant Director of Transfer Enrollment and Recruitment Programs. She started her higher education career in the Office of Admissions in 2004 and has advocated for transfer students during her tenure in Admissions. She helps students navigate admissions, develop transfer plans, and prepare for their transition to a highly selective institution. She serves as a pre-major advisor to incoming transfer students. Mrs. Strachan is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she obtained a BS in hospitality management with a minor in sociology. After working in the hospitality field managing and supporting international students on their work exchange, she realized that she had a passion for helping college students navigate student life. In 2009 she earned an MS in higher education with a specialization in student affairs from the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Dawn L. Bruner is dedicated to education and has worked in higher education for thirteen years. Dawn is the director of Parent and Family Relations at the University of Rochester. She works closely with parents/families to help them maintain healthy connections with students and understand the university system. Previous higher education experience includes working as a counselor in the Counseling and Testing Center at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and coordinating counseling, admissions, recruitment, and student services for the Higher Education Opportunity Program at Nazareth College.

She holds a BA in psychology from Nazareth College and a MSEd in counselor education from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Dawn earned an EdD in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. Her dissertation research focused on the involvement of parents of first-generation college students.  Dawn is passionate about educating students and families, while bringing organizations closer to fully addressing the needs of special populations and effectively engaging parents and families to support student success. Dr. Bruner appreciates the uniqueness of people and acknowledges that everyone has a story. As a higher education leader, she believes that it is essential to respect and value the stories and perspectives of others.

Navigating College: Gender and Sexuality Challenges and Strategies

Presenters: Rachel Remmel, Kyle Trenshaw

Rachel Remmel works at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Rochester, where she supports faculty teaching and academic honesty. She recently organized workshops on inclusive teaching strategies for Rochester faculty. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of Chicago and was formerly an American studies assistant professor. Her academic work focuses on nineteenth-century US school architecture and museum history, and it includes analysis of such gendered terms as genius, fine artist, teacher, and school administrator that inform current climate challenges in associated academic disciplines.

Kyle Trenshaw is the educational development specialist for natural sciences and engineering at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Rochester. He received a BS in chemical engineering at the University of Missouri in 2009 and both an MS (2011) and PhD (2014) in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His postdoctoral research at Brown University focused on the disproportionate benefit for community building in introductory STEM courses for women and students from historically underrepresented groups. He identifies as a pansexual trans-masculine person and is committed to improving access to and experience with STEM fields for historically underrepresented student populations. Most notably, Trenshaw is currently involved in an effort through the American Society of Engineering Education to normalize asking demographic questions about sexual orientation and genders expanded beyond the binary so that we can answer even the most fundamental question: “Are LGBTQ+ folks underrepresented in STEM fields?”

Using Financial Aid in Support of Access and Affordability

Presenter: Samantha Veeder

Samantha Veeder is the Associate Dean of College Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid at University of Rochester. Veeder has over 24 years of experience in the financial aid profession, previously serving as director of financial aid at Syracuse University, Nazareth College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Keuka College and as a senior consultant at Scannell & Kurz, Inc. Over the years, she has been active in state, regional, and national professional organizations. She has served as Treasurer of both NYSFAAA and EASFAA, and is currently serving as conference chair for the EASFAA 2017 conference in Burlington, VT, where she will assume the role of president-elect of the organization, and as a member of the College Board Middle States Regional Advisory Committee and National CSS Assembly. Veeder is the recipient of the NYSFAAA Sister Bernadine Hayes and Rusty Hopkins Service Award, the NYSFAAA Region III Service Award, and the EASFAA Leadership Award. Veeder is a frequent presenter at financial aid nights, workshops, and conferences particularly on technology, financial aid, and enrollment management topics. Veeder is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BS in health services administration and of Nazareth College with an MS in management.

Thinking Holistically: Supporting Native American Students

Presenter: Stephanie Waterman

Stephanie J. Waterman, Onondaga, Turtle Clan, is an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and coordinates the Student Development/Student Services in Higher Education program. Before moving to Toronto, Waterman was a faculty member at the Warner Graduate School. She acknowledges that she is a guest at the Mississauga of the Credit River, that the territory in which she works is subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant between the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabek peoples of the area, as well as the Huron-Wendat, Petun, and other First Peoples. She is a cisgendered female, faculty member in student affairs, mother, grandmother, auntie, and sister. She is currently a co-chair for the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community Research & Scholarship committee. Her research interests are First Nations/Native American college experiences, First Nations/Native American student affairs units, the role staff play in student retention, Indigenous methodologies/ pedagogy, college transition, and critical race theories. She is a co-editor of Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education (Stylus, 2013), with Dr. Heather S. Shotton and Shelly C. Lowe, and Beyond College Access: Indigenizing Programs for Student Success, expected in the 2017. She has publications in the Journal of American Indian Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, the Journal About Women in Higher Education, and The Urban Review.