Workshop Program


  • Participants will identify curricular challenges students face in their department and co-curricular barriers to students' success in achieving graduation and career goals.
  • The participants will produce a list of approaches and resources for helping students overcome barriers.
  • We will produce a set of suggestions for how the Alliance can support next steps.
  • Each participant will write an action plan for one next step they can take.

Session 1 9:45-12:00

9:45 Welcome and Introduction - Jim Swartz, Grinnell College

What do we mean by supporting the whole student in STEM? - Cailin Huyck Orr, SERC at Carleton College

10:00-10:30 Where are we now - around the table exercise.

  • Think individually about what you perceive as the barriers to student successes related to supporting the whole student in your program.
  • Share at your table: compare notes, describe themes that you found
Access your notes page here (private)
    • What are the successes?
    • What are the challenges still ahead?
  • Full group: Check themes, look for commonality; What are main themes that emerge?

Notes for Group Report-Out (private)

10:30 - 11:15 Students Don't Know What They Don't Know - Norma Pérez-Kahler, TRIO -Student Support Services DMACC

Norma Pérez-Kahler Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.5MB Feb5 16)

  • Questions and Discussion
Notes for Group Report-Out (private)

11:15 : Group discussion on identifying resources and the role of the Alliance - Facilitated by Mary Darrow - Iowa State University

Mary Darrow slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 22.5MB Feb5 16)

Topics to consider:

  • Building a sense of community
  • Connecting to on-campus resources and support services
  • Matching classroom and co-curricular activities with student lives
  • Developing cultural competency
  • Opportunities for engagement outside of the classroom

Notes for Group Report-Out (private)

12:00 Break - If you do not plan to return for the afternoon session, please fill out a workshop evaluation.

Session 2 1:45 - 2:45

Workshop Resources

1:45 - 2:15 Out of Classroom support for Second year STEM students; Using data to assess impact - Jim Swartz Grinnell College

Jim Swartz Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Feb5 16)

  • Questions and discussion

2:15-2:25: Reflection and personal action plan

  • Write down one thing you are doing on your campus
  • Write down one thing you want to start doing or would like to try
    • What are the resources needed to start?

2:25-2:40: Facilitated sharing of practices that are working - Jim Swartz

Notes for Group Report-Out (private)

2:40: Workshop evaluation