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Symposium Agenda

Hollings Special Collections Library Foyer
9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
Breakfast Sponsored by Aramark
Hollings Special Collections Library Program Room
9:30 – 9:35 AM Welcome Remarks                                                         
Julian R. Williams, J.D.
Vice President for Access, Civil Rights, and Community Engagement
Office of Access and Opportunity
9:35 – 9:50 AM FG @ USC                                                                       
Shelley Haddock Dempsey, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Graduation and Retention
Office of the Provost
9:50 – 9:55 AM Introduction of First-Generation Student Panel                                                                       
Althea Counts, M.Ed.
TRIO Programs
9:55 – 10:40 AM My Story: Unchartered Territories, Limitless Possibilities
First-Generation Student Panel

Panel Moderator
Erica Lake, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Dean for Opportunity and Engagement
Director of Corporate Engagement
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Sandy Abdelnabi
Criminology and Criminal Justice (Junior)

Megan Badinski
Civil Engineering (Junior)

Nabeeha Baig
Public Health (Senior)

 Jeremiah Fambrough
Civil Engineering (Sophomore)

 Keyonne McKnight
Biological Sciences (Senior)

10:40 – 10:50 AM Break
10:50 – 10:55 AM Introduction of Keynote Speaker                                               
Kimberly Seibles, Ed.D.
Program Manager of Operations and Faculty Events
Center for Teaching Excellence
10:55 – 11:50 AM Keynote Address                       
Darris R. Means, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Dean’s Faculty Scholar in Equity, Justice, and Rural Education
School of Education
University of Pittsburgh
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM Break
12:00 – 12:50 PM Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
Approaching the First-Generation Experience
Lunch Sponsored by Aramark
12:50 PM- 1:20 PM     
Lightning Round Scholarly Presentations
12:50 – 1:00 PM
Internship in Psychology at the Richland County Sheriff's Department:  The Impact of Mentorship on the Propensity to Succeed

Loren Tharp, Ph.D.

Ale Burdiss
First-Generation Student
Psychology (Senior)

1:00- 1:10 PM
Thriving in Residence: Equitable and Engaging Communities
Lara Lomicka Anderson, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Office of the Provost
1:10-1:20 PM First-Generation Student Success at USC Columbia

Olivia Mace
First Generation Student
Magellan Scholar (Spring 2024)  
Psychology (Junior)

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM  
Closing Remarks
Matt E. Thatcher, Ph.D.
Interim Director
Center for Teaching Excellence


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