October 1, 2018

8am – 5pm 

Theme: Mission Inclusive Excellence

Hulman Memorial Student Union,
Dede I
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Student Success Conference
A conference for higher education staff, faculty, and policymakers in the state and region interested in strengthening the retention, throughput experience, and graduation of students from low income, first generation, and/or diverse backgrounds.

To ensure broad participation, this conference is free.

Morning Workshop
An Asset Narrative:  Reimaging Higher Education

8:30am – 11:15am

Steve Katsouros
Dean & Executive Director, Arrupe College

Father Katsouros visioned and launched Arrupe in 2015, an institution affiliated with Loyola University Chicago that is one of the most forward thinking with respect to the support and achievement of low income and historically marginalized students. His workshop will focus on key factors linked to the success of students from such backgrounds and engage attendees in dialogue on how to align values, behaviors, policy, and practice.

CNN News Story                     Meet the Students

Steve Katsouros

To follow Steve Katsouros:
Twitter: @KatsourosSj

Learn more about Father Katsouros at LinkedIn

Lunch & Keynote: 11:30am - 12:50pm

To follow Eileen Truax:
Twitter: @EileenTruax

Learn more about Eileen Truax at LinkedIn

Eileen Truax
Author and Journalist

Eileen Truax anchors the conference with a keynote centered on her acclaimed writing and reporting on Dreamers, their families and stories. Her talk will provide context to the issues of immigration and the opportunities of a college education and offer insights on supporting the success of historically marginalized students, particularly from Hispanic/Latino backgrounds. Originally from Mexico, Eileen Truax contributes regularly to both U.S. and Latin American publications and speaks about the Dreamer movement and immigration. Among her published books are Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for the American Dream and How Does it Feel to be Unwanted? Stories of Resistance and Resilience from Mexicans Living in the U.S.

Eileen Truax Bio

Telling the Story of American DREAMers

Call for Proposal Submissions
1pm - 4pm; We invite sessions showcasing exciting work happening around the state featuring projects/activities/research linked to student success.  See call for proposals.
Proposals are due by September 4. Now closed. 
See Session Descriptions

A signature element of the Student Success Conference is HigherEdCamp, a nationally modeled unconference experience where traditional presentations are absent and attendee voices are featured. To ensure participant-centeredness, we need conversation topics determined by YOU—staff, faculty, and policymakers.  Click here to share your topic ideas by September 21.

Click here if you would like to be considered as a discussion facilitator (also by September 21).

Conference Schedule
October 1
  Time Location Agenda
  8:00am - 8:30am HMSU Dede I Registration Check-in &
Continental Breakfast
  8:30am - 11:15pm HMSU Dede I Steve Katsouros Workshop
  11:15am - 11:30am Break  
  11:30am - 12:50pm HMSU Dede I Buffet Lunch & Keynote session
  1:00pm - 3:50pm HMSU 3rd & 4th Floor
meeting rooms
Invited and Concurrent Sessions
  2:00pm - 3:50pm HMSU 3rd & 4th Floor
meeting rooms
HigherEdCamp Sessions
  4:00pm - 5:00pm HMSU Dede II Reception/Mixer for Attendees and Presenters