Program Agenda


(All Listed Session Times are ET) 

10:30 am – 12:00 pm 
Mississippi Colleges Meeting 

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm 
2021 Cohort Meeting 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  
RELA Cohort Meeting
By invitation only.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
RELA Presidents Meeting
By invitation only.


8:30 am – 10:00 am 
South African Delegation Meeting Opening

11:00 am – 1:00 pm 
DREAM Scholars Orientation 
By invitation only.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm 
DREAM Studios 
Pre-registration is required.

Tapping the Power of Open Pedagogy and Digital Tools to Create a Sense of Belonging and Increase Academic Success

  • Richard Sebastian, Director, Open & Digital Learning, ATD
  • Ruanda Garth-McCullough, Director, Program Development, ATD
Driving Anti-racism, Equity, and Economic Mobility – and Measuring our Success
  • Shara Davis, Strategic Data and Technology Coach, ATD
  • Leon Hill, Strategic Data and Technology Coach, ATD
Reimagining Access Strategies that Stabilize Enrollments and Provide a Pipeline Through Higher Education for Minoritized and Underserved Populations
  • Susan Mayer, Chief Learning Officer, ATD
  • Paula Pitcher, Holistic Supports Coach, ATD
Identifying and Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Success for Student Parents
  • Meredith Hatch, Director, Network Engagement, ATD
  • Jennifer Hill-Kelley, Holistic Supports Coach, ATD

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
OPENING PLENARY SESSION: Building Anti-racist, Equitable, and Economically Vibrant Communities


  • Dr. Karen A Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream
  • Heather McGhee, Author, Speaker, Advocate

Announcement of the Leah Meyer Austin Award 

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm 
Spotlight Sessions 

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Welcome Networking Activity 

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Network College Recruitment Reception 

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  
Meeting for Network Presidents  


8:00 am – 9:30 am 
South African Delegation Opening Plenary and DREAM Scholars 

9:30 am – 10:00 am 
South African Delegation: Coach Facilitated Reflection

9:30 am – 11:00 am 
Tennessee Cohort Meeting (TCAT and CCs) 

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 
PLENARY SESSIONReimagining Equitable Access and Community Well-being 

  • Adam Harris, Journalist and Author, The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal--and How to Set Them Right
  • Suzanne Walsh, JD, MSSA, President, Bennett College and Achieving the Dream Board of Directors
  • Dr. Janet Spriggs, President, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Dr. Lawrence Rouse, President, Pitt Community College
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 
Concurrent Sessions
  • Centering Identity: An Inclusive Teaching Course for STEM Faculty
  • Creating a Poverty Informed Culture
  • How Can Colleges Reach Non-Traditional Learners to Increase Enrollment and Completion?
  • STEM Pipelines to Success: Leveraging High School and Industry Partnerships at Ohio Community Colleges
  • Touching the Untouchables: "Star" Writer Visits and Student Success
  • Voices Unmasked: Adding Student Voice to DEI+B During COVID
  • Why Wait? Proactive Connection, Intervention, and Student Support with an Intake Survey

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 
Innovative Collaboration Sessions

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 
Meet the Scholars

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm 
Lightning Learning Sessions
  • A Nudge Goes a Long Way: Nudging towards supports at Amarillo
  • Baking Equity into the Pie (Chart)
  • Belonging isn't a Byproduct: It's a Prerequisite
  • Data Close to Practice: Advancing Data Literacy for Equity and Student Success
  • Getting a Head Start: Dual Credit First Year Experience Courses
  • Impact of Emergency Aid & Paid Internship Programs
  • Implementing a Holistic Case Management Advising (HCMA) Model in Connecticut's Community College System
  • Reimagining a Culture of Care for Student Affairs Employees

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  
Special Session featuring Karen Stout and Mark Milliron 

8:00 am – 9:30 am 
South African Delegation Plenary Session 

9:30 am – 10:00 am 
South African Delegation: Coach Facilitated Reflection

Noon – 1:15 pm 
PLENARY SESSION: Elevating a Student-Focused Access Agenda   
  • Dr. Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College and Past Chair, Achieving the Dream Board of Directors
  • Dr. Lynda Villanueva, President, Lee College
  • Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College
  • Brandy Johnson, President, Michigan Community College Association 
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm 

Innovative Collaboration Sessions 

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm 
Concurrent Sessions  
  • Amplifying Student Success—Voices from Prison
  • Summer STEM Programming: A Bridge to Completion
  • The Working Learner

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 
Lightning Learning Sessions
  • Buckets of Progress: Rewriting NECC's Academic Standards and Progress Policy to Support Success
  • Catalyzing Transfer Initiative: Leveraging Partnerships in Support of Equitable Outcomes
  • From Pandemic Panic to Humbling Growth, Improved Community, and a Vision for Teaching and Learning
  • H2C: A Public-Private Partnership to Address Local Healthcare Workforce Needs
  • Holistic Approach to Community Building: Engaging and Supporting DEI Initiatives
  • Identifying Opportunity: Using Data to Improve Postsecondary Pipelines and Foster Partnerships
  • Leveraging Collaboration and Data to Improve Holistic Student Support and Case Management
  • Leveraging the 21st Century Academic Library: Opportunities for Collaboration for Student Success
  • Maintaining Momentum: Redesigning Student Onboarding, Advising, and FYE through Disruption
  • Refining the Early Alert Process to Eliminate Barriers to Student Success
  • SKCTC Recovery Presentation Plan
  • Structure and Culture: Audacious Strategies Making Dual Enrollment Possible for Students Left Behind
  • Systematizing the Supports for New Students with Classroom-based Early Screening and Starfish Kudos
  • With Great Predictive Power Comes Great Responsibility … Using Predictive Modeling

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
CLOSING PLENARY SESSION: Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Equity-focused Cultures of Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Dr. Adrienne Keene, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University
  • Dr. Paul Hernandez, Senior Advisor to the President, Achieving the Dream

8:00 am – 9:30 am 
South African Delegation Closing Plenary 

9:30 am – 11:00 am 
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Grantees for the Regional PLC
By invitation only.

11:00 am – 11:45 am 

Funder Meeting: Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work 
By invitation only.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Belk Center DREAM 2022 Fellows Meet-Up NC 
By invitation only.

2:00 pm – 4:15 pm 
TCU Convening 

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